Russell Godfrey lands Yateley's 'Trace Leather' to set a new PB!

Russell Godfrey hasn’t had much time for fishing recently, but he still managed to get his campaign on Yateley North Lake underway with a cracking 40lb 4oz mirror known as the Trace Leather!

Fate played a big part in the capture as Russell was having a walk round the lake when he received a call to say that some work had been cancelled at the last minute, so he dashed home to get his gear and landed the fish the next morning, setting a new PB for a mirror in the process.

Russell, who had a terrific run of big commons from the famous Hampshire water last year, explained: “It was only my fourth night of the season and I hadn’t even planned on fishing until the last minute call about work came in. I knew that I was going to be very busy this year so I decided to make the most of my time and rushed home to get my gear.

“I knew exactly where I wanted to go, as the lake still hadn’t done many bites yet this year, and I settled into a swim with an island in front of it. This swim gave me access to an area of water that you can only get to if the adjacent swim is empty, which it was, and from where I was I had the perfect angle and line lay to fish this spot.

“I was fishing a Sticky Baits Signature Squid pop-up on a combi-link, which I tied using a size 4 Kurv Shank hook with 20lb IQ as a boom section and just 1cm of Supernatural braid by the hook. I was fishing this on a Heli-Safe system with rig tubing and 20lb SUBbraid main line, and baited with 20 Manilla freebies.

“I was a bit disappointed when nothing happened overnight and late morning I decided to reel in to check the rig and re-cast before people started arriving for the weekend – if anyone went in the swim next door I would have to reel in my left-hand rod.

“The rod had only been back out there for a few hours when all of a sudden it bent round and I was left playing something very angry! After a 20 minute fight a good friend of mine turned up at just the right time to net a chunky mirror.

“It went 40lb 4oz, which is its biggest ever weight and a new PB mirror, what a way to start the new season,” added the 36-year-old trace heater, from nearby Farnborough.