Top Nash consultant Simon Crow braved gale froce winds during a day session on Emmotland's Pond 3 in East Yorkshire over the festive break to land a superb 35 lb mirror on The Key®.
One of the lucky anglers chosen to test this ground breaking Nashbait recipe Simon, 44, offered a 15mm bottom bait alongside a handful of free offerings at 10 yards range to a close in weedbed.
“I’ve never caught a ‘true’ winter (December, January or February) Yorkshire thirty before so to get this one was especially pleasing," said Simon. "It is known as The Brown Fish and is the second biggest fish in the lake and one that rarely gets caught during the colder months of the year. It only makes a couple of appearances each year so it was certainly a good test for the bait.
“It was a really windy day with gusts close to 60mph in the north. I kept asking myself what I was doing setting up in that sort of weather as I needed to pitch the Titan right in the face of the wind. Thankfully it held strong and I was able to get set up and the rods out fairly quickly.
“The day started with an aborted take that I think was a carp, but I couldn’t be sure as you get a lot of pike activity on this lake in the winter. Not long after I then had a small carp of low doubles which was a good sign, and then whilst putting that rod back out my right hand rod tightened up.
“The fish put up a great scrap close in, charging up and down the margin. When I first saw it I suspected it was one of the A-Team by its frame. I willed it to stay on and some ten minutes later it rolled into the net."
Crowy offered hookbaits on size 6 Nash Fang X hooks, weed green Combilink links and 4oz Dumpy Square Pear leads, beating the fish using a 13ft NRXD rod and 15lb D-Cam mono.