Over a year ago i joined a small water in the shropshire countryside in pursuit of a large common and an old mirror that resided in there. It is a beautiful little lake with a few small islands, lillypads and reed lined margins. The carp in here are immaculate but they have seen it all and with the abundance of natural food, they thrive meaning anglers bait isnt always top of the menu. Early last October i was fortunate enough to catch the common at good weight but come march my ticket was up and i had to renew as i couldnt leave without having my moment with the old mirror. Spring slowly but surely came round and the pool started to come back to life. I started slowly feeding a few spots i found and instantly had success off a couple of them seeing me land some really nice fish. One spot just stayed quiet but i kept feeding it and watching it when i was on my sessions. The one session, all was very quiet, so i sat watching the actionless spot and seen a big mirror lump out not once but twice over the spot. A couple of sessions went by, i carried on feeding and watching the spot but not fishing it and again i seen a big mirror lumping out on seperate occasions, i was addiment it was the same fish, the old mirror. Before i left that session i dropped a little more bait on the spot and went home knowing i must fish it as soon as i could. It was mid may and a couple of days after my last session i had sorted work and was back down the lake and fishing the spot. The day went very quiet with nothing even showing on the spot and as night fell, so did my confidence as id only seen it show on the spot in the day. At 1am i was woken to my siren melting off so i scrambled out the bivvy and struk into what felt a good fish. It ran me raggid, flat rodding me toward a lilly bed, i managed to turn it and it then tried to take me round the small island. I knew it was one of the biggies. Eventually it was coming toward the net, i seen a big mirror and as it wallowed towards the net and over the cord i knew it was her!!!
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