FOAM HOOKBAITS PICK OFF THE CROC!
44lb 10oz beast on unusual approach
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.