• Posted: 24th March 2023
  • Author: Team DNA
The Tees Valley Lakes Fishery record has fallen for the second time in three months, thanks to Ross Westfield’s capture of Sandy at 38lb from Alpha Lake.
The 34-year-old from Redcar had been struggling in the first half of his session, but a change of tactics dramatically turned his fortunes around, beginning with the capture of Rose, a 30lb 14oz mirror, and followed the next afternoon by the record-breaking Sandy at 38lb.
Ross: “After struggling to get a bite, I decided a change of tactics was in order, so at around 5pm on the Saturday, I got everything ready and made the switch on all three rods to salt-cured Bug EVO hookbaits with three-bait Bug stringers.
“To my surprise, I was awoken at 3am by a carp called Rose which weighed in at 30lb 14oz. After very little sleep, sometime around mid-afternoon I ended up smashing my personal best with a 38lb mirror called Sandy, a new lake-record mirror for the venue.
“Then on my last day, I landed a beautiful 24lb 4oz mirror off the same spot as the first fish to end the session off with a bang!”

Rose at 30lb 14oz

A cracking 24lb 4oz scaly