Martin Pick has had an outstanding year so far. He’s banked a rake of big fish from Wellington Country Park, as well as his Midlands syndicate water and his run of form shows no sign of tailing off. After a short break from Welly, the Korda man headed back there and immediately found himself in action again!
He explained: “Because the weather had been so hot I hadn’t been fishing at Wellington for over a month. When I finally arrived, I had a walk around and found a few fish milling around in a tiny little swim at the end of a long finger bay. The heavens then suddenly opened, it seemed to rain for ages so I set up in that swim for the first night. I hadn’t fished the swim before but couldn’t disturb the water too much or the fish would just move out.
"I quietly underarmed some little blow-back pop-up rigs tied with 15lb N-trap, and scattered a handful of boilies around them one by one. Just before dark one of the rods was away with a 27lb 4oz mirror. The disturbance must have spooked the rest of the fish out as I saw nothing else until the following day. I wound the rods in around dinner time and went for a walk to see if I could find something to move on. As soon as I looked in the little lake that joins the main lake, I could see quite a few fish on the surface. I quickly moved my kit and flicked them out again as quietly as I could.
"I lost a fish almost straightaway that just powered into the pads. Again it looked like I’d spooked them out because I didn’t see much after that but just before dark a few fizz patches started making me think that I stood a realistic chance of a bite. Nothing happened throughout the night, but just as it was getting light in the morning the right-hand rod roared off! I couldn’t believe my eyes when this 41lb 14oz beast rolled into the waiting net.”