We arrived at Bury Hill on a crisp summer’s morning an hour before sunrise; this was an oversight on our part but worked to our favour as we were first to a boat. We rowed out towards the far end of the Old Lake to an area known as the “Jungle”. The “Jungle” is an overgrown area of the lake with sunken trees and numerous snags only accessible by boat. As we anchored the boat just short of the snags we were greeted by two beautiful kingfishers eyeing-up the murky waters in search for the day’s breakfast! We had a coffee and set to work.
Another hour or so went by and then all of a sudden Daniel had a huge run on his ledger rod close into the snags. As Daniel sprung across the boat he grabbed the handle of the rod but as he engaged the reel his grip slipped and to our horror the fish pulled both rod and reel into the water! After some manoeuvring of our boat we eventually managed to locate the rod (on the bottom of the lake) and retrieve both rod and reel; by this point the fish was long gone, one of five which managed to “get away”.