THE CAPTURE OF THE Z FISH BY Richard Ince
After the success of catching Dave @ 53lb in August and
the previous weeks minter of mirror 28lb 9oz, known as apple slice. I was even
more determined to catch another one a the A
I decided to leave it until later in the week, due to a
forecasted low pressure swinging in from the south.
Arriving late on the Thursday night the main swims in the
south end were taken but I had talked to a couple of anglers and they were
leaving about lunchtime the next day. A bucket was placed and I decided to fish
up the other end for the night, with no
The weather really started to turn on Friday around 10 am
and I was itching to move into the favoured swim for the weekend.
After another couple of hours pacing up and down watching
the fish start to crash the other side of the lake I was packed up and on the
Soon after arriving in my new swim I was keen to check
out the weed situation as I had not fished this swim or that end since spring.
Once I had located a very clean spot at 80 yards I put
out a few spombs of mixed particle, pellet and crushed boilies (mixed mainline
boilies). Three rods were accurately casted to the spot and the traps were
The rigs consisted of the 15lb flouro decsent hook-link
attached to a simple in-line drop off system and at the business end an AAS size
4 curve shank with a small critically balanced (mainline hybrid) bottom
Nothing really happened for the first 24 hours but fish
were showing in my friends swim in serious numbers, close in, just one swim
That afternoon we must have seen about 100 shows in a few
hours but I refused to move the rods and just spombed another three over each
As usual the fish got away with it all day and I decided
to leave the rods where they were as I had no reason to reel in.
The next morning around 5 am the middle rod melted away
into a full blown screamer and one of the hardest fights ever prevailed for
about 25 mins.
Weed bed after weed bed and powerful 60 yards runs the
fish was finally beat. Once I managed get a good look at the fish 30 yards out I
knew exactly which one it was. At this point I still needed to net it through
the big weed bed in front of me, which went better then expected, and the fish
was safely netted first time.
The realisation of what just happened sank in as I looked
into the net and saw my second 50 within a month, with the z fish at 50lb 10
Again, the weather steadily changed and the fish spread
out, resulting in no further
The year just keeps getting better and I have plans to
continue my quest with two very large commons by the end of December and
hopefully another 50.