End of year success

BEN DOWERS banked the biggest mirror in his club lake on his last proper session of the year in the form of this 35lb 6oz specimen which topped a four-fish catch on the south-eastern venue.

The Suffolk-based rod who is backed by bait company Sticky, fished blow-back rigs in conjunction with small PVA bags.

He said: “I was hoping that the big common that resides in the lake was going to slip up during the session and things started off well when the first three nights produced three fish.

“However, the frosts then came and things went quiet and just one other fish graced my net. Fortunately for me it was a decent fish, in fact at first I even thought it was the biggie by the scrap it gave me.

“I was quite surprised to see a mirror go over the net cord but it turns out it's the largest mirror in the lake so I was well happy with that.

“I will hopefully do a bit more time on the lake through the winter but come spring I will have a more concerted go at it.

“For now though I’m more than happy with the mirror, even if it wasn't my target fish."

All the fish were taken using 16mm Sticky Baits Vor-tex boilies with bags of crumbed boilies and matching flavoured pellets.

The rigs were placed over a bed of various sizes of free offerings, pellets and particles.