Phil Cochrane 2 weeks on Mallard July 23

Phil Cochrane finally finished his 2 week stint on Mallard Lake telling us
β€œGood morning ladies and gentlemen
Friday morning and trying to get a couple more cats before the competition 🀞. 09:30 and the right rod springs into action and I’m into cat number 28πŸŽ£πŸ‘ just as Andy Jenkins was walking byπŸ‘ it wasn’t a big cat but he helped land weigh 33lb and photographs πŸ‘ before carrying on his merry wayπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. A couple of hours later at 11:30 the right rod again called fish on and I’m into cat number 29 πŸŽ£πŸ‘ this was a little bit bigger πŸŽ£πŸ‘ and put up a a bit more resistance but was soon resting in the netπŸ‘. Photographed and weighed 44lb4ozπŸŽ£πŸ‘.
Lunchtime bite time approaching could I get to 30 cats before 15:00 πŸ€”πŸ€žsadly not and my session was over 😑.
I’m in the competition so till got 48hrs fishing but from what swim is the big question πŸ€”. It’s all down to the lauck or bad luck of the drawπŸ€”. With the weather going from bad to worse with 50mph winds and torrential rain coming from the south west ideally want to be on the opposite side of the lake🀞🀞. The draw done and I’m in swim 17 πŸŽ£πŸ‘πŸ‘ which means the weather will be coming from behind me πŸ‘πŸ‘. Just a small matter of moving swims before the rain πŸ’¦πŸ’¦. Well didn’t quite make as I got soaked πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ’¦. All set up and waiting for the start as the rain and wind we’re getting stronger by the minute πŸ’¦πŸ’¦β›ˆοΈπŸ’¨πŸ’¨.
Friday night and apart from having to witness two fish for Glyn Jones swim 19 the second being 77lb12oz nothing for me.
Saturday and the weather was deteriorating πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¨πŸ’¨ not very pleasant for swims 1,2,3,7 & 10 πŸ’¦πŸ’¨πŸ’¦. There were the occasional fish coming out πŸŽ£πŸ‘. It wasn’t until 19:00 and it was my turn to have some fun as my right rod was away and I’m in not a massive cat but a blank saver πŸŽ£πŸ‘.photographed and witnessed by Tim in swim 16 38lb8oz πŸŽ£πŸ‘it’s a startπŸ‘.
Sunday 03:00 and the right rod woke me and I’m into cat number 31 my second cat of the competition πŸŽ£πŸ‘. This one didn’t feel to big at first πŸ€” but it soon woke up and made a strong powerful run towards the boathouse πŸŽ£πŸ‘πŸ¦Ύ as it turned it headed towards the reeds in swim 18 at which time I’ve got to move my left rod out the way and my rod pod so I can play the cat and not get wiped out😑. It tried going under the tree to my left and into the snags🦾 it was putting up one hell of a fight and now I’ve got to net it πŸ€”. I with it being shallow water 1 foot in front of me I could only just get it’s head and belly in the tail just didn’t want to follow 😑😑. So I placed my rod down β€œbait runner on” grabbed the net and with my right hand started to hand ball it in the net πŸ˜‚ nearly going in headfirst myself πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Job done πŸ‘this better be worth the struggle πŸ€”. So I got everything ready to photograph and weigh and woke Tim to witness the fishπŸ‘. On trying to get the fish out it almost broke my wrist and pull me in again 🦾😑. Successfully out and in the sling she weighed 77lb12ozπŸ‘. Which tied with Glyn’s cat for biggest cat πŸŽ£πŸ‘. There was no further action for me unfortunately but I did get a prize for equal biggest cat πŸŽ£πŸŽ£πŸ‘.
Including the competition I had 31 cats all caught using Catfish Bait UK Mack Attack pellets and pop ups. And one scaley thing πŸŽ£πŸ‘.
3×20 6×30 4×40 10×50 4×60 4×70 and 23lb linear scaley πŸ‘πŸ‘.
I’ve had a great couple of weeks on the bank and would like to thank everyone that assisted me over that time. Thanks guys you know who you are πŸŽ£πŸ‘πŸ‘
Thanks to Mo,Paula,Stu,Andy,Mike,Harry Pratt for making Wintons Fishery a great place to fishπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ£. I will be back πŸŽ£πŸ‘.
Untill the next time tight lines stay safe.
Phil β€œthe beard β€œ