Blue­bell gi­ant re­sponds to sin­gle bait

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

HE aptly named Per­fect Com­mon paid only its sec­ond visit to the bank in three years as Tony Gib­son tried an un­der­used tac­tic at a pres­sured day-ticket venue.

The Northamp­ton an­gler caught the 43lb 2oz com­mon from Swan Lake at Blue­bell Lakes dur­ing a three-night stay.

The Nash, En­ter­prise and Dy­na­mite con­sul­tant said: “There’d only been one other fish caught from the pit so far that week. I’d been con­cen­trat­ing my tactics on one rod, fish­ing into a bay with ar­ti­fi­cial corn over a bed of hemp and a hand­ful of other small par­ti­cles, with var­i­ous zig ar­range­ments on the other rod.

“For the last night I de­cided on a change in tactics and swapped the zig for a sin­gle bait on a firm area at around 75 yards. The bait was a new boilie com­ing soon from Dy­na­mite and one I’d not had a chance to re­ally fish with prior to the trip. I fan­cied see­ing what would hap­pen fish­ing just a sin­gle 14mm bot­tom bait, straight out of the bag, with­out any free of­fer­ings in the area at all.

“The bite came at around 6.30am the fol­low­ing morn­ing – a proper one-tone, belt­ing take – and it was im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous that it was a good fish, forc­ing me to give it some more line.”

Tony added: “Af­ter a pro­tracted scrap, dur­ing which I could clearly see it was a very long com­mon, I man­aged to bun­dle it into the net.

“I ini­tially thought that it was a dif­fer­ent fish that had put on some weight since the last cap­ture. It wasn’t un­til I’d got home later and checked my pho­tos that I re­alised

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