New member bags a 44-pounder on first visit

It was love at first sight for Andy Valentine as he bagged one of Acton Burnell’s biggest fish in on his debut session.

The Wrexham angler travelled to the Lower Lake at RH Fisheries venue in Shropshire and had only been on the lake for 24 hours when he put the net under this 44lb 4oz mirror.

The 51-year-old told Angling Times: “I’m a new member and this was my first session. I arrived at 1pm on the Sunday and had the fish at 1pm on the Monday.

“It’s a new personal best for me and I was absolutely chuffed.”

Andy added: “I walked around the lake a few times and there were fish in the shallows, but I didn’t want to go in there as I knew I would spook them. So I set up in a swim down the bank called the Pontoon and decided to wait for the fish to move out.

“On the Monday I saw a fish and cast about 3m in front of it. I put about 10 baits around my rig and 90 minutes later I had the take.

“I knew as soon as I’d hooked it that it was a big fish. I’ve been told it might be the fish known as the Dave Moore Fish which is the biggest mirror in the lake, but I’m not sure.

“Unfortunately since then I fell off a ladder and broke my leg, but I’ll be back for Bill, the big common in there.”

Andy used Bandit Baits’ 10mm Mulberry Squid boilies and fished two of them on a size 8 Korda Wide Gape hook attached to Kryton Snakeskin.

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