These fish are fished for by many top anglers so catching one of its gems was a challenge I relished. After setting up and placing the ever faithful Splashbaits out with a mixture of ultra pellet – my hopes were high. I had to wait until the third day for a bite – but I was pleased to land a 43lb mirror on the Assassin hookbait.
Rig wise, a combi rig and a very light lead in conjunction with very slack lines and Flurocarbon to help sink the line tight to the bottom.
After seeing a big fish landed to another angler, I decided to place in three kilos of different sized Splash Baits Factor 7 boilies of different sizes and 3 kilo of ultra pellet in a tight area, and fish a critically balanced snowman over the top.
I then decided to glug the bait to give it an extra edge. To cut a long strong short – I had a one toner on the Delkim and instantly knew I was into a big fish – staying low and thumping. After a 15 minutes battle, the lovely gem came perfectly into the net and I knew it was a big 50.
Using the tripod and digitals we weighed her at 57lb exactly. This was a known fish but rarely gets caught. The tight baiting and rig gave me an edge but more importantly the fish couldn’t resist the Splashbait factor. 7!