• Posted: 24th July 2023
  • Author: Team DNA
Bruce Hough described his weekend session on his Shropshire syndicate as “wetter than an otter’s pocket”, but the carp certainly didn’t seem to mind the horrendous weather!
During a hectic spell of action, Bruce bagged himself five fish, capped by a milestone capture – his first-ever UK forty – a 43lb 11oz mirror known as the AC Mirror.
“On arrival at the syndicate, a solitary showing fish guided me to my choice of peg,” said Bruce.
“However, after a fruitless 24 hours, I began to think I’d made a mistake as I’d seen nothing more and the bobbins remained motionless. Added to this, on the second morning I took a soaking in the pouring rain at the crucial bite time, when a screaming run produced a small jack pike that was wrapped up in both lines! Although I’d lost a lot of line to its teeth, I meticulously reset both rods through the deluge.
“An hour later, my efforts were rewarded when the carp turned up in force! I don’t think I’ve ever been so wet on a session, as between 9.30am and 10pm I was constantly out rebating, recasting and swapping jackets; it was hard work, but my efforts produced something very special.
“I’ve been knocking on the door for a while now and this weekend it all finally came together and I can safely say it was well worth the soakings!
“By 10.30 that night, I had landed five, comprising a mid-double, three twenties to 29lb 14oz and a new PB and my first UK forty, a fish known as the AC Mirror, weighing in at an amazing 43lb 11oz!
“Once again, Bug Corker wafters were presented either side of a bed of house boilies and pellets that I had soaked in BetaStim and Hemp Oil.”