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FISH OF THE WEEK WINNER - 30TH SEPTEMBER IS...
Aaron Chuck, 34 from Basingstoke who caught a Stunning Personal Best 6lb 5oz Stunning Koi from the Koi Lake.
Aaron’s Story –
“As usual, we chose in advance what looked like the best day for a bit of surface fishing on the Koi Lake, which happened to be Wednesday. With only 2 other people on the lake we had plenty of room to move about, bait a few swims and keep watching the water. Dog biscuits was the feed bait with softened biscuits or bread for the main bait.
My Personal Best was 6lb so if I could beat that I would be over the moon. We knew it was the end of the season, the weather was not exactly hot so catching a few would be tricky. I started at the far end of the lake, dropping biscuits in the edge around the reeds and waiting for the fish to come up, which didn't take long, I decided to target the colourful and bigger ones and soon had a nice orange and black one of around 4lb in the net. Shortly followed by a similar sized white one.
The fish soon wised up and moved away, so I moved down towards Steve and continued baiting the margins. After a couple more Koi we headed back for lunch. On our return the weather was perfect, we now had a bit of sun and it was really muggy, perfect for surface fishing. I made my way back down to the corner and saw a big multi coloured Koi, my heart jumped, I dropped a dog biscuit right next to it and it came up and took it. My hands were shaking trying to put a bit of bread on the size 8, I gently lowered it into the area, it swam right up to it and seemed to stare at it for an eternity before slurping it down, I struck and was in!
My legs were shaking with fear of losing this absolutely stunning fish, it's well known these Koi fight like crazy and this was no exception. After a few minutes the Koi was in the net, I remember taking a huge breath, I looked down the bank at Steve with my thumbs up, the universal sign for "it's a good un". After a couple of pictures we gave her a weigh, 6lb 5oz, a new PB, brilliant. I was so happy, as the previous PB has been long standing, around 10 years or more. The fish looked crazy, being allowed to catch a fish like this is such a treat and so special. With that I decided to call it a day happy that I achieved what I wanted. I Cannot wait to come back next year to try and beat this PB.”
WELL DONE AARON! WHAT A BEAUTY OF A FISH TO CATCH!