On the day a popular day-ticket water with winter form allowed the use of maggots, Craig McEvoy went slightly against the grain and bagged 19 fish.
Monument Two in Shropshire is known for producing fish in the colder months, but only allows the use of maggots between November and February.
“This was the first session that maggot was allowed this year,” said Craig, who managed eight 20s and a 30lb 4oz common.
“I knew that most anglers would be relying on little the wrigglers but I had a different plan and I thought it was a little early for just maggot, so wanted to give them a bit of food.
Fishing to the base of a clay bar at 56yds, Craig didn’t have to wait long for the action to begin.
“I used the Monument spod mix and maggot glugged with Dynamite Baits Red Ammo liquid. I fed little and often and it didn’t take long for the first bite to come and then it didn’t stop, resulting in double takes!
“By 2pm I had run out of bait and phoned the wife to go to the tackle shop and bring me some more!
“Luckily she obliged and although it cost me a curry and McDonald’s for the kids it was the best money I have ever spent.
“I reeled in at night to get some rest but spodded out a couple of kilos before getting my head down for the night.
“The action continued within five minutes of casting back out and by the end of the day I was exhausted.
“With a total of 19 fish, nothing smaller than mid doubles, eight 20s and a 30lb common I was simply blown away at what surely must go down as one of the most enjoyable, if not tiring, sessions of big-carp fishing I have ever had!”
RIG AND BAIT
- Fluoro combi rig
- Hooklink: 15lb Korda IQ2 and 18lb ESP Sink Link
- Hook: Size 8 Korda Kurv
- Hookbait: Maggots
- Loosefeed: Fishery spod mix and maggots glugged in Dynamite Red Ammo liquid