Back at Ryton again with some freshly rolled baits. Cerys is now old enough to help me make my boiled fish food. It's a bit like making playdoh just a bit smellier. She helps to measure out the dry ingredients before we add it to the 'stinky' liquid, the fun comes when we squeeze out and roll into baits.
I was back in the same swim as last week but didn't mess about moving around this time, one bait was on the lucky spot and the other just off to my right. All was quiet around the pool, I'd been given the heads up on what was happening on the main part of the lake via an exchange of texts with Dan and there were a few fish coming out.
The chilly wind was blowing straight into my swim and I felt it was having an impact on when the fish would move into the area. It wasn't until after midday, when the sun had moved around far enough, that I saw the first hint of something fishy being in the vicinity of my bait. The clues were there to indicate that something was indeed right over my bait so I got myself ready for a take, sure enough the bobbin began to move very slowly. It crept up towards the rod in a series of short twitchy movement's, my eye's flicked back and forth between the bobbins and the slowly tightening line before I made the decision to pick up the rod and lean into whatever was on the end. My rod took on an alarming bend as the fish tried desperately to get into the sanctuary of the tree roots, I kept the pressure on and it eventually gave in and started to move towards me, twisting and turning in protest all the way. With six foot of water under the rod tip I was able to back off the clutch and allow it a little freedom as I sorted out the net, this felt a good fish and as it rolled over the cord I noticed it was indeed a large mirror, I began to wander if it was one I knew?
|Twenty pounds and four ounces.|
Ryton always throws up a few surprises and this was one, I've never seen this fish before so it's another new one for me. It's an incredible fish, long and lean and full of fight and I think it's one of the best looking mirror's in the pool.
|The other side|
The rest of the day was spent messing with the new reels, don't like them, can't get on with them and gave up on the session, I was more than happy with what I'd caught anyway.
The Duck was passed back to Barry!