• Posted: 9th February 2023
  • Author: Team DNA
Mark Watkins made a flying start to February on his syndicate, landing a trio of belting fish over the course of a two-night session.
As well as two breathtaking mirrors of 29lb 15oz and 29lb 6oz, Mark capped off the trip with a 33lb 3oz lump, with all three coming over a bed of mixed-sized, pre-soaked Bug boilies.
Mark said: “After turning up to my syndicate water, I had a walk around the lake to see what I could find, but after not seeing anything, I decided to go on the end of the wind.
“After a good lead around, I managed to find a couple of good spots at 33 wraps. One was in around 22ft of water the other around 16ft. As light was starting to fade, I decided to go on the deeper spot on the left, fishing all three rods over a silty bottom. I put about 10 Midi Spombs over the top consisting of whole 8mm and 12mm Bug boilies. I had pre-soaked some of the 12mm Bug boilies in the Bug Liquid Food, Liver Extract and Hot Hemp Oil to lock in those flavours. I then crushed up the pre-soaked 12-millers in my hands to get all those attractors out and added them to the 8-millers.
“The first night was unproductive, so I decided to change spots to the 16ft one with about 20 Spombs over the top. Within a couple of hours I was into my first fish, a nice fully scaled mirror weighing in at 29lb 6oz on a hinge stiff rig with a 15mm PB pop-up.
“Whilst I was getting the fish ready to photograph, I was in again with another stunning scaly one at 29lb 15oz, this one falling a combi slip-D rig with a Bug Half Tone wafter. I was over the moon at catching a couple in quick succession for this time of year and was not expecting any more. However, a couple of hours before darkness my rod was away again with the biggest fish of the trip, another stunning mirror of 33lb 3oz.
“Although I had no more fish, I couldn’t have been happier getting a few bites in these winter months, which just goes to show the fish can’t resist the pulling power of The Bug!”