Bluebell giant responds to single bait
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