Pre­bait­ing key for 52lb 12oz fish

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

“A change of tac­tics started to turn things in my favour”

DAVE Lane ce­mented his rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best carp an­glers of all time with the cap­ture of his eighth Bri­tish 50-pounder.

The Suf­folk-based an­gler caught the stun­ning 52lb 12oz fish, known as Colin, from the Shal­low La­goon on the St Ives com­plex in Cam­bridgeshire at the end of a pro­duc­tive spell brought on by a change of tac­tics.

Af­ter man­ag­ing just four fish in as many months, Dave’s last four weeks on the syn­di­cate venue has pro­duced 16 carp.

The TFG and Main­line-backed an­gler said: “This sea­son has been par­tic­u­larly tricky as the carp have been to­tally pre­oc­cu­pied with the vast ar­ray of nat­u­ral food. Af­ter four months of hard an­gling, I only had four fish to show for it.

“How­ever, a change in tac­tics, in­volv­ing huge amounts of par­ti­cles, seeds and chopped Main­line Hy­brid boilies, soon started to turn things in my favour.

“I even­tu­ally iden­ti­fied two spots where the carp were will­ing to feed and kept th­ese topped up with bait as often as pos­si­ble.

“Once the bites started to come I de­cided to keep my re­sults a secret, hop­ing to cap­i­talise on the sit­u­a­tion be­fore any­one else no­ticed and the area be­came busier as a re­sult.

“In all, I man­aged a four-week run, fish­ing two or three nights a week, and I caught carp ev­ery morn­ing at some point be­tween 4am and 11am.

“My fi­nal bite came at 5.45am on a Wed­nes­day morn­ing when, af­ter a heavy bat­tle in the thick weed, I slipped the net un­der my ob­ses­sion at 52lb 12oz.”

Writ­ing on Face­book af­ter the cap­ture, Dave added: “I can’t pos­si­bly re­ply in­di­vid­u­ally to the hun­dreds of well-wish­ers who have com­mented this morn­ing but thank you all.

“It is quite hum­bling to see how many peo­ple ac­tu­ally take an in­ter­est in my lit­tle ob­ses­sions.”

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