Two forties from two lakes in one week!

Paul Rudd has enjoyed a fantastic run of form on the Cambridgeshire St Ives Lakes complex landing two forties in the space of a week from two different waters on the fishery – the latest being this 40lb 6oz mirror from the Lagoon.

After landing the fishery’s biggest fish, a mirror known as Colin at a weight of 46lb 4oz from the Shallow Pit, the Bedfordshire-based owner of Denham Bait Innovations decided to do a quick overnight session on the daunting 30-acre lake.

“It was the first time I have fished the water since the turn of the Millennium almost 13 years ago and I only went back to have a go for this particular fish called the Black Pig as I’d never caught it before,” Paul told Angling Times. “One of the field testers for my company had caught two carp of 29lb and 31lb the weekend before so I decided to do a few sessions on the lake until either I caught the sought after mirror, or someone else did.”

The 37-year-oldspent most of the day walking round the lake and eventually settled in a swim where he could target a shallow firm area at 40yds range. This was baited with about half a kilo of Denham Bait Innovations Game On boilies with a pop-up hookbait cast over the top.

“At first I thought I’d made the wrong decision because just after I’d set up a few fish started showing in front of another peg. Five hours later though I received a blistering take out of the blue. The fight was a bit more eventful than I would have liked as due to the high water levels the fish managed to kite round a marginal tree. I didn’t want to risk losing the fish or tethering it to the offending branch, so with the help of my mate John, I had to wade out and cut of the branch to free the line.”

His successful setup consisted of a line-aligner rig tied with a size 6 ESP Raptor hook and a Sufix Stealth Skin hooklink.

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