45lb monster for Paul McCarthy!

Paul ‘Welshy’ McCarthy enjoyed a weekend to remember, after banking a 45lb monster from Cleverley Top Lake.

After a series of blanks over the winter, Welshy brought the bad run to an end by banking the impressive fish, known as ‘Geezers’. The chunk slammed the scales to an impressive 45lb on this occasion.

The monster came from a swim called Cox’s, which was tucked away on the back off a freezing wind, and produced Welshy’s first bite since November. Although the north-easterly winds were cold, Welshy wanted to be close to shallow water, as he was sure that the fish would be attracted by the strong sun, and Cox’s offered that opportunity.

Welshy opted to fish just 25 yards out, onto shallow ground with a light silt covering. He used 20lb Weed Green N-Trap soft hook links, tied KD style to a size-six Kurv Shank. His leader was a Safezone Lead Clip version with a 2.5oz pear lead clipped on. Once his rods were out, Welshy put out half a kilo of Tails Up OCM boilies over the area – a feast fit for a big ’un!

Having arrived on the Sunday afternoon, Welshy finally got the bite that mattered at 9.45am on the Tuesday and photographed the fish in the early spring sunlight.