Geert Ooms has landed one of his target fish, this impressive 60lb-plus dark mirror.
The fish was taken using Solar Tackle’s new Seafood Take-Away boilies. Geert takes up the story: “With a two-day spell of warmer weather set to break the monotony of the wet, cold weather in Belgium I was itching to get out to my target water. Unable to get the time off work, though, it wasn’t until the day after this warm spell that I could eventually head out. Even so, I was sure that the warmer weather over the previous days would have an effect on the fish, so I was confident.
“Heading to the lake after work, I wasn’t in a rush as I knew that somebody had been in the swim I planned to fish for the past couple of days but hadn’t caught, and a couple of hours without lines in the water would do the swim the world of good. Spreading a good amount of Solar’s new Seafood Take-Away around the spots I got the rods in position and settled in for the night.
“It was around midday the following day that one of the rods burst into life and immediately I felt something big and powerful on the other end. After slowly gaining line and getting the fish halfway back to the bank everything went solid. My heart skipped a beat as I knew this fish wasn’t one I could ‘afford’ to lose. With a little persistence it’s not usually a problem to get a fish moving again that’s buried itself in a weed bed, but what this fish was stuck in was no weed bed.
“A full 20 minutes later after pulling from various angles and waiting a while, I gave it one last pull and the line pinged free. The Solar Stronghold 101 hook and 15lb NXT Bullet Braid held firm and a big fish was eventually on its way towards my waiting Bow-Loc landing net. Once the fish passed in front of me in the gin-clear water I knew it was one of my target fish. This particular fish is the biggest one in the lake and sought-after by many anglers.
“After unhooking the impressive, black mirror I hoisted it onto the scales knowing that it’d go over 60lb. The needle eventually settled on 62lb 5oz... One down, one more to go.”
Keep up to date with Geert’s campaign and read the full catch report in his own words at www.solartackle.co.uk.