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Edward Hawes aka Gary, from Slough won Fish Of The Week, 24th June with this Personal Best 5lb 5oz Koi from the Koi Lake.
Like I’ve always said, it’s NOT always about the SIZE but about what the fish means to you and the story!
P.S I’ve already told Gary that he has to smile in future catch pictures!!
Gary’s Story –
“Today was my first ever visit to the beautiful Koi
lake despite being a guest on 4 previous occasions over the years
and it turned out to be well worth the wait.
Myself and 2 mates decided to book onto the lake due to the warm/sunny weather forecast and spent the morning catching a wide range of different coloured small Koi float fishing using maggot and pellet whilst loose feeding floaters to attempt to build the fish's confidence for a spot of surface fishing later in the day
We took a break at lunchtime to attend Joe's rig clinic, we always make a point of attending this as Joe's knowledge of the venue's different lakes and recommended tactics and willingness to help and advice definitely gives you extra confidence for your fishing, Venison burgers being sold also solve the issue of what to make for lunch and are also well recommended.
We returned to the Koi lake for the afternoon where the morning's float fishing resumed and the loose feeding of pellets continued, with a heavy fish lost to a hook pull on light gear and float set up having to be retrieved from an adjacent tree I decided to focus on the surface fishing (once I had wiped away the tears from the lost fish)
The Koi are definitely well drilled and very smart at detecting the hook bait and a few larger orange koi were putting in frequent appearances to mop up the loose floaters and ignore the hooked offering. Because of this I followed Joes advice and fished small pieces of bread and after 2 small Koi I clocked one of larger and targeted orange Koi approaching, thankfully he took the bread and after an impressive and spirited fight I managed to net this beauty
Thanks again to Joe and all the AP team for the advice and the beautiful venue.”
WELL DONE GARY, IT’S NOT ALL BOUT SIZE WHEN THEY LOOK LIKE THIS!!