A quick overnight session on the Catch 22 No. 2 Syndicate in Norfolk produced a brace of thirties for Lewis Russell.
The highlight of the Norwich-based Nash field tester’s session was the ‘lake’s gem’, The Big Fully at a best ever weight of 35lb. This was backed up with the Two Tone common at 36lb 12oz.
“I couldn’t decide whether to go down to the pond for a quick overnighter but I’m so glad I did now,” he said. “The weather was horrible when I arrived, it was blowing a gale and raining non-stop. I ended up choosing a swim called IT purely due to the fact that the lake’s big common was due out and this is one of the areas it usually comes from.
“I had all three rods out and had seen several shows before dark so was feeling pretty confident,” he added.
His first take came at 4am to his left hand rod which he’d positioned on a hard patch of silt in 11ft of water at 25 yards range.
“After a decent scrap I had the Big Fully in the net. To say I was buzzing was an understatement as it’s the lake’s gem.”
Two hours later he was in again, with the Two Tone Common falling to his right hand rod which was fished to the bottom of a gravel bar in 10ft of water.
Both fish were taken on Nash Scopex Squid Red bottom baits tipped with red plastic corn over 100 free offerings. These were mounted on rigs tied with 15lb Nash Missing Link hooklinks and size 7 Fang Twisters.