• Posted: 12th August 2022
  • Author: Team DNA

A boiling-hot week on Heron Lake on the Abbey Lakes complex saw Andrew Murphy move swims on three separate occasions, but he got his reward with a nine-fish catch that included a fifty and five big forties.

Andrew explained: “The week started off hit quite hit and miss, resulting in me losing a fish on the first night. On the second night, I got in a swim I wanted to be in, somewhere where there seemed to be a lot fish holding up.

“I had a take on dusk and had to get out in the boat to land it, as the fish had weeded me up. After a hairy battle, a pristine common of 44lb 8oz graced the net. I was buzzing to get a Heron gem!

44lb 8oz common

“As the night progressed, I had a few more fish, a mid-thirty mirror and another chunk of a mirror that went 50lb 8oz. I was made up to get off to such a decent start considering the weather was roasting hot! It certainly wasn’t carp-fishing weather at all.

“The next night I managed to nick another fish in the form of a 44lb 4oz mirror and unfortunately lost one, then over the next few nights it died off somewhat. I decided to do a few laps around the lake and found a few fish in the bay area off the island. The only thing that held me back was the floating weedbeds, as it was challenging to keep a line in the water. Anyway, I found my spots at about 80 yards and fished to a clear, firm, silty area around the weed, with another spot to my left off the weedbed. I loaded up the spots with Bug boilies soaked in Hemp Oil and Bug Hydro Spod Syrup, with some corn mixed in.

44lb 4oz mirror

“Over the next days in the new swim, I had three more forties, including an absolute unit of a common that weighed 49lb 2oz and a 48lb 11oz mirror, taking my tally for the week to nine fish, comprising a fifty, five forties, a thirty and two twenties.”

All Andrew’s fish were caught on Bug Corker wafters tipped with corn, which he fished over his baited area.

49lb 2oz common

48lb 11oz