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AFTER watching several big fish ghost around the margin, Paul Webber set his trap only feet from the bank and within a few hours had this fine 43 lb mirror in the net. The 34 year-old park ranger, from Honiton, Devon, flicked Sticky Baits Krill boilies wrapped in paste down the margins to a clear gravel area. Paul added seven other specimens to 31 lb during he four-day session on Christchurch Lake at Linch Hill, Oxfordshire.
AFTER struggling to get amongst the fish since opening night at a local stillwater, Peter Rees saw a few move so baited that spot from his boat with 30 Sticky Baits Manilla and Krill boilies and put on a Manilla White pop-up. After a long day of waiting, the 25-year-old labourer from Llandinam, Powys finally had the bite, and after being towed from one lily pad to another, he landed this old 35 lb 12 oz mirror that he had joined the venue to catch.
BAITING heavily in a swim 80 yards out to the back of a weedbed reaped big rewards for Luke Kent as he landed eight carp in total, the biggest this big linear at 33 lb. During his 72-hour session at a Cambridgeshire syndicate water, the 37-year-old from Dunstable, Bedfordshire added two doubles and five 20s to 26 lb 10 oz.
Luke started with 1 kg of chopped 16 mm Stick Baits Manilla glugged in cloudy Manilla and covered in active mix, then added four scoops of hemp and five scoops of 2 and 4 mm bloodworm pellet. The pond builder topped up with four large Spombs after every take, using three jars of hemp, two bags of pellets and 8 kg of Manilla, with a Steve Cliff spinner rig.
A TWO-MONTH campaign targetting a 40-pounder on a local club lake finally paid dividends for Dan Handley when he tempted this stunning PB 40 lb 2 oz common. The 22-year-old chose a swim near lily pads in a secluded back bay and used Sticky Baits Krill boilies. The gardener, from Newbury, Berkshire explained: “She flat-rodded me and went straight through the lilies. I had to don the waders and go after her in the dark. It took about half an hour hand-lining to get her back through the pads and in to open water, before bundling her into the net.”
JENSEN MANNINGS enjoyed a superb session on his syndicate water landing a fine brace of 40s, this one known as the ‘Fat Common’, a new lake record at 48 lb 2 oz, and The ‘Big Cream’ at 41 lb 8 oz. Jensen spotted the fish in a clear spot on the heavily weeded lake and catapulted around 6 kg of 18 mm CC Moore Pacific Tuna boilies over the area, casting three rods there. The mirror came later that afternoon when the water began to fizz, followed by the giant common at first light.
MATTHEW FAULKNER has been fishing his local club water for years and seen a lot of 30 lb carp caught but had been stuck on 29 lb 2 oz for what seemed like forever before banking this fine 36 lb 10 oz specimen. After a very wet night getting soaked when landing two small tench, the Bognor Regis, West Sussex-based bus driver changed to a stiff hinge rig with a white pop-up to quickly tempt his new carp PB. He caught a PB 9 lb tench that featured in Angler’s Mail back in May.
MARK WOOTEN scattered boilies to an island margin 35 yards out to tempt this PB 42 lb 8 oz mirror on Fryerning Fisheries’ Main Lake in Essex. The 49-year-old tree surgeon, from Romford, presented a Sticky Baits Manilla White Ones pop-up with a size 6 Korda Choddy hook.