Five thirties and four twenties in one session at Orchid Lake

Orchid Lake can be a tricky proposition for many anglers, but not for Anthony Hawkins who managed 19 fish in a session.

The Berkshire angler, who only fished nights during his week-long stay, took five thirties, four twenties, including two 29-pounders, and 10 doubles from the Oxfordshire day-ticket water.

The 37-year-old targeted hard areas within the silt and took one fish from close to the reeds in the Top Dug Out swim. He said: “I started off in the Drum swim and had a couple of fish, but the wind changed to a south-westerly blowing straight into the Top Dug Out on the other side of the lake so I moved swims.

“I had 17 mirrrors and two commons, and most of the fish came from open water at 88 yards between 4.30am and 7.30am.

“I haven’t fished Orchid for a while but I know Marsh very well and I said I’d help out while his bailiff is away. A couple of times I had up to four fish a night, so it was a very good session.”

Anthony fished 11mm washed-out Nutty Maple pop-ups from Proper Job and baited up with about 100 Blake’s Baits Nut Mix with Scopex and Peach boilies between his three rods each day. His rigs were either naked chods or hinged stiff links.

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