Customer lands a brace of twenties!
Tim had never caught a catfish before and after reading how well myself, Jake and Chris were doing at my local Badshot Lea Big Pond decided to join us for an overnight session. The weather man had forecasted a pleasant dry evening, humid with lows of 16 degrees and at long last a nice south west wind that would ease around midnight, well the wind increased and with the odd shower it felt far from pleasant.
The session started at 7pm and once again our favoured area was taken so we headed for another are that gave access to the centre of the lake. Chris and Tim used the faithful pellet approach whilst I tried something different with a chod rig fished over a bed of particles, yet come midnight and with only a modest bream to show to the rods we feared that it was going to be a quiet night. Around midnight Chris connected with a big drop back but the suspected grass carp started ripping line from the reel and unfortunately shed the hook after around five minutes. It was a gutter but also a confidence boost that at least the odd fish was feeding. In the early hours Tim found himself locked in battle with a cat, a fight that was to last around fifteen minutes, finally ending with his first ever catfish, one weighing a pleasing 27lb 12oz. Soon after resetting the rod it ripped off again resulting in another catfish of 23lb 12oz and was soon followed by a small kitten of around 5lb.
It then went quiet for a while before Chris finally set the hook just as the light started to illuminate the lake, finally resulting in another small catfish, this time weighing around 12lb. My pop-up approach wasn’t faring so well but soon into light I received an aborted run followed by what can only be described as a screamer that resulted in a very angry common of around 15lb.
If you are interested in having a night under the stars targeting catfish then spaces are limited so give me a call or email me firstname.lastname@example.org or 07928 617006.