Ed's Easter Surprise - Ed Betteridge

“After banking three fish the week before, I was keen to get back down to my new syndicate water. On arrival, I checked the catch book in the anglers hut and I could see that there had only been one entry of a mid-twenty since my captures, which I hoped meant that the lake was due for another hit.
The angler in the swim I fished the previous week was leaving and after a walk round the lake looking for signs of fish, I decided that would be the best option to get close to where I had seen a couple show. I positioned the rods on a few marks that I had found the previous week, baited each one up with a few Hybrid Boilies and settled down for the night.
The fish started showing just before dusk and into the darkness, they were all to my right. I considered moving my left-hand rod round, but I decided to leave it on the bait. I stayed up as late as I could in anticipation of a bite, but I received no action, so retired around midnight. I was awoken later in the night by a few bleeps, only to watch the ‘Stow settle back down to its starting position. So I assumed it was a line bite, but then the indicator lifted into the alarm and stayed there. As I ran out and picked up the rod I was surprised it was the left-hand rod, which was well away from any of the showing fish.
I had to wind in a lot of slack as the fish came towards me, but soon came into contact with a heavy weight. The fight was a strange one, I could tell I was into a big fish because of the weight, and the runs were very slow, but I kept getting a lot of vibration up the line as the fish turned and the line rubbed on its flanks as it tail beat against the mono.
As I slipped the net underneath the lump I breathed a sigh of relief, before flicking on my head torch to see my prize. Although, I don’t know the fish that well, I knew instantly that I had bagged one of my targets in the shape of The Goldfish, she looked big too! On the scales she read her best weight of 45lb 10oz (3lb up on last year) and a personal best common for me too, beating my previous by 1lb 8oz.
James Armstrong was due down to do some filming and photography with me for the website, so sent him a couple of texts to let him know what I had caught and to get down as soon as he could. He did a fine job with both stills and film of the Goldfish, and I even managed to bag another smaller character fish whilst he was there. This rounded off a fantastic session for me in the spring sunshine and one I will remember for a long time.”