Second and third Swan Valley 40s this month!
Ian Collins’ November campaign on Swan Valley in Yateley will go down as the greatest period of his angling life!
After the capture of his biggest-ever UK common of 42lb, Ian returned the following week to bag himself two more forties, a 42lb 5oz mirror and one of the jewels of the lake, the mighty Tyson at 45lb 11oz, giving Ian a new UK personal best.
Ian takes up the story of another memorable session: “After banking one of the known forties last week, I was keen to get back on to the lake and see if it would throw up one more surprise before winter takes hold.
“Upon arrival, the swim I had fished the previous week was taken, so I set up further round the lake to see if I could tempt one out. Having seen nothing all day, and having heard the lad in the swim I wanted had to pack up and go due to being called into work, I moved in the dark, knowing my best chance would be from that swim.
“It was the middle of the next afternoon when I had my first take, coming from a beautiful chunky mirror that looked like a high thirty, so I was blown away when the need spun around to 42lb 5oz!
“The Thursday was slow, and knowing there was a cold night ahead, I wasn’t that hopeful of another fish. That was until the middle alarm started singing at 5am! I knew from the first head shake it was a good fish, but that was all I got from it before it ploughed into a weedbed. Thankfully, the weed broke away easily, and the biggest ball of weed ended up in my net. I picked away the weed to reveal a fish known as Tyson, a known mid-forty. After resting her in a sling until first light, I got her up on the scales to reveal a weight of 45lb 11oz, a new UK PB for me and one I’ll have to work very hard to beat.”