Chris Douce reflects on the great memories he made last year fishing with his twin daughters Maisy and Ayla
Will Edwards – A Whole Lot of Effort
25th September 2018
After racking up more than thirty blank nights on his large, tricky southern syndicate, Will Edwards found himself in front of the camera holding an impressive 43lb 8oz mirror after putting in the extra effort.
When we caught up with Will, this is what he revealed: “Since catching my last fish out of the pit, I have done more than 30 nights without a bite. In the hope of putting an end to my lull in action, I decided to do two back to back five-night sessions.
Prior to the sessions I chose to bait three different spots, all of which were situated at approximately 150-yards range. Although fish were showing close to my baited spots, I wasn’t to catch on the first session, but I was confident for my return.
When I arrived at the lake for my next session, I was unfortunately greeted by the sight of a bivvy in my baited swim, so had to fish the first two nights of the trip in a less favourable swim.
With the fish clearly among my baited spots, I was itching to get back on them. After two nights had past I was finally able to move back into my favoured swim and immediately got the rods back onto the spots, which by now had seen roughly 20kg of The Krill and an equal amount of tiger nuts and pellets.
The next two days passed by uneventful but with the fish still in the area I opted against reeling the rigs in and repositioning them as I didn’t want to cause any disturbance. This proved to be a wise decision as the following day my middle rod screamed off at 3pm.
The battle soon came to a standstill as the fish had quickly weeded me up at around 120-yards range, lucky for me I had the boat in my swim. Accompanied by a friend I took off after the fish in the attempt of freeing it.
Once I was directly above the weedbed I managed to free the fish with ease, but as it hit the surface it surged off with one big kick and proceeded to tow us a good 30 yards further out into the lake. Knowing that I was connected to a good fish the nerves began to hit me and my legs turned to jelly. Finally, I managed to slip the net under my prize without any further dramas and once on the bank it was announced that the fish weighed in at 43lb 8oz!”