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David’s tale

David Collins has suceeded where many others have failed, David takes up the story of his recent result at Totham Pit:

Hi all, as a new member to Maldon this season I came with the challenge in mind of catching Totham Pits and Howells largest residents within the smallest time frame possible (an ongoing challenge I set on many lakes). I had spent over a dozen visits to Totham Pit in the hope of spotting Willow or Jordan on their patrols and trying to understand the lake and carps actions as much as possible before fishing (thanks for all the kind advice members had to offer). On my first two 24 hour sessions I sadly blanked and began thinking the task I had set was to be harder than I imagined. On returning to my third session I was blessed with confidence and a gorgeous looking 17lb 6oz Common (what a scrap it gave). Knowing my method would now work on the water I counted the days until my next return, so on the last day of work I was packed and ready to return (12/05/2011). The lake was empty and I was overwhelmed with the choice of swims to choose from. I decided to spend 2 hours patrolling the lake for signs of carp and on returning to the van found two other members had arrived, but I had already chosen my swim and they had chosen theirs. I got speaking with a lovely guy called Scott, he pointed out that the swim I was heading for was called the float (overwhelmed with lilies, over hanging trees and a massive explosion of feeding bubbles I had seen earlier – I believe this was my first sighting of Willow feeding).

They are out there somewhere….

I took the long trek loaded with gear and headed down, once set up within minutes of my first cast I caught a lovely little Tench around the 5 lb mark. I was certain the night was going to be busy as the weather and pressure was just right with a lovely westerly wind pushing to my end of the lake. I could not have been more wrong, there was not so much as a line bite all night (had I spooked them!). Doubt was setting in and I struggled to find a clear spot to present my bait, so come first light I searched around and found a lovely little clearing to the right or me. I cast out and waited in anticipation. Without warning after 1 and a half hours my rod began to scream, I hit within seconds and knew I had a lump to tackle. I was pulled from left to right over a 40 minute battle still unsure of what I had hooked. With my blood pumping the carp rolled right before my eyes and she was a beauty, I slipped in the net and victory was mine. It felt great and once I had her on the bank I knew she was big but still unsure if it was the famous Willow. I got Scott’s attention; he and his friend were kind enough to attend and weigh her up and confirm that it was Willow that had graced my net….. I couldn’t believe it, I felt great and shocked to have achieved my challenge within only 4 sessions. We weighed her up and the scales read 31 and a half pounds, amazing I had beaten my Mirror PB.

David Collins with the much sought after Willow.

We took the pics and set her free I was made up. I continued fishing for a few more hours and also caught a lovely golden common of 22lbs. I can happily say it was a session I will always remember. I have targeted many other fish in the past but have not achieved a result as quickly as this one. Totham Pit has surely grabbed my heart and I’m now in pursuit of meeting Jordan…. I would like to thank Scott and his friend for their help and will look forward to meeting them again beside the bank. Many thanks for reading my story. Regards Dave C.

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