Kieran Panchal enjoyed some great sport at Birds Green Top Lake, taking four good fish, the best being a pristine 23lb mirror.
The Taska-backed rod explained: “I arrived early to an almost empty lake, with only one more angler present. I decided to set up in a swim that fishes very well at this time of year, around the riverbank side of the island, after hearing that this was the swim that was doing most of the damage over the past few weeks.
"After a full day of fishing here, and with no success I decided that my best bet was to have a move. I had seen some fish show at the opposite end of the lake near an aerator. When 5 o'clock came I shifted my gear down there for the night and day ahead. I had noticed that many people were fishing with large PVA bags and baiting quite heavily with no success, so I decided that fishing single hook baits would be the way to go.
"Not long after moving I had my first take from the margin, and the culprit was a small mirror of around 11/12lb. I slipped it back and re did the rods for the night.
"I awoke after a quiet night’s sleep to a clean 15lb common, just as it was beginning to get light, once again on the single orange hook bait. Around 11am, my other rod screamed off, resulting in my best fish of the day, a 23lb mirror; a fish that has gone over 25lb in weight in the past. I was over the moon!
"Just before packing up a few hours later I had my final take... Another nice stocky at only just over double figures but a good end to a session when most others blanked!
"My best rig was a KD, with a simple lead clip set-up, and a 10mm Mainline Tutti Fruity pop-up was best on the hook."