44lb 10oz beast on un­usual ap­proach

Angling Times (UK) - - CARFEED NEWS -

THIS brute of a mir­ror fell to an un­usual tac­tic at a big south­ern pit. Mitch Ham­monds caught the Croc at 44lb 10oz in a pro­lific ses­sion that also pro­duced three thir­ties and a twenty.

“A four-year quest all came to­gether that week­end,” he told An­gling Times.

Hav­ing baited heav­ily with 10kg of 24mm Sticky Manilla boilies and a sack of maize across three nights, the Cirences­ter an­gler fished 14mm foam balls over the top.

Th­ese un­usual fake hook­baits, of­ten used to ward off the at­ten­tions of cray­fish, had been soaked in Sticky’s Sig­na­ture Squid liq­uid.

Mitch’s haul in­cluded a 32lb com­mon and mir­rors of 35lb and 33lb be­fore he latched into the Croc.

The fish came from a “small um­brella-sized plateau” at 120yds range.

“I used long, sup­ple Jel-EWyre booms for the rig to set­tle in silk­weed around the gravel hump,” said Mitch, who put 15 spods of bait over each hook­bait 4ft apart and 30 spods on top of the gravel.

The win­ning rigs also fea­tured size 3 E-S-P MK2 Stiff Rig­ger hooks and 5oz Korda leads.

The awe­some Croc at 44lb 10oz with cap­tor Mitch.

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