Five nights on new venue and new personal best

Just five nights on a new venue is all it took Dan Bruton to bank his first forty from his home county.

Having banked a 44-pounder in March, the Korda-backed angler moved on to West Stow in Suffolk in search of a mirror known as Two Scale.

After two biteless trips, Dan managed a 34lb mirror on his third visit, and a 23lb common the following week.

He said: “I knew exactly where I needed to be for my next trip, and that was back on the corner of the island that the 34 came from.

“The bigger fish loved it there and with warm conditions I saw fish cruising in the area. I had to wait an hour or two for the fish to vacate, and then had my opportunity to cast out a trusty Trent Baits Tikka Spice hookbait, which had been soaked in Freshwater Shrimp Amino 30 liquid.

“Less than two hours later the island rod pulled up tight and I connected with what felt like a big fish. After five minutes or so of heavy battle the fish came in from the right. The fish showed off his left flank, giving away the two scales on his side, and I knew exactly what I was attached to from that point onwards. After another very powerful five or six minutes of the fish constantly taking line off me, he finally gave in and was slipped into the net.

“It was major elation to have caught the king of the pond, Two Scale, after just five nights of angling and at a very healthy 41lb 14oz. He was in stunning condition for an old English carp and he powered off into the crystal clear waters to fight another day.”

Dan, who rounded off the trip with a scaly 29-pounder, used inline running leads, 20lb N-Trap Soft and size 6 Kaptor Wide Gape hooks.

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