The tactics be­hind the week’s best fish, and ex­pert ad­vice

52lb com­mon falls to tiger nuts dur­ing quick overnighter

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

THE pulling power of tiger nuts as an au­tum­nal bait was proved this week by Dave Ash­ford, who used them to land one of the coun­try’s big­gest com­mon carp weigh­ing in at 52lb.

The 58-year-old had spent the last three years try­ing to catch the im­pres­sive fish from his south­ern syn­di­cate wa­ter, and fi­nally slipped the net un­der his tar­get fol­low­ing the only bite of a quick overnight ses­sion.

It came from a swim that Dave, a race car builder from Cam­bridge, had been trick­ling bait into over re­cent weeks, and fell to a crit­i­cally-bal­anced rig pre­sented over a light scat­ter­ing of par­ti­cles.

“Upon ar­riv­ing at the venue I saw that all the so-called ‘hot swims’ were taken by the usual crowd, so I de­cided to fish a swim where I’d had a go the week be­fore and had been keep­ing primed with a lit­tle bit of bait,” he said.

“Af­ter a bit of dif­fi­culty set­ting up in a re­ally strong head wind, I put about a dozen Spombs of Hull Par­ti­cle Win­ter Mix laced with skinned tigers over my spots on the edge of a bar in be­tween two Is­lands, be­fore cast­ing a snow­man rig made from a stan­dard tiger and one with a cork in­sert over the top of the loose­feed.”

Af­ter an un­event­ful first night, Dave topped up his spot again the fol­low­ing morn­ing with a fur­ther six Spombs of par­ti­cles, and not long af­ter re­ceived an ag­gres­sive take on one of his rods which re­sulted in his big­gest-ever

com­mon carp be­ing net­ted.

“I’d been af­ter this fish for a few years and had never seen it on the bank, only in pic­tures. I still feel a lit­tle over­whelmed by the cap­ture, to be hon­est. It just goes to show that you don’t al­ways have to be in the ‘go­ing’ swims to catch the big­gest fish!” added a de­lighted Dave.

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