This chunky Dorset thirty known as Turbo formed part of a three-fish catch in stormy conditions.
John Welton caught the 36lb 14oz mirror alongside others of 24lb 8oz and 18lb 4oz during a two-day stay at Milton Abbas.
All the fish were caught thanks to John’s mobile approach and ability to sniff out feeding fish.
He said: “A recent trip to Milton Abbas proved to be very productive with several swim changes the key to success.
“I quickly found a group of feeding fish in a small bay, but after a couple of hours’ stalking and a few liners the fish moved out.
“Another wander located a few fish grubbing about in some dead pads, so a single rod was placed with a small PVA stringer. About an hour later I was in with a nice 24lb 8oz mirror!”
John then moved once more to a swim called the Conker and baited heavily with boilies for the night. But after a silent night he was on the move again.
He said: “By now it was very windy and the swim to my left was looking coloured, so the rods were placed into this area. Within half an hour my left-hand rod was away with a lovely scaly 18lb 4oz mirror!
“The rod was placed back on the same spot as the fish rested in the net. Not long after releasing the fish the same rod was off. This fish felt a lot heavier and fought doggedly in the strong wind. I was pleased to see a fish called Turbo weighing 36lb 14oz, which is my second biggest mirror from the pond.”
It’s the simplest rule in the carp world, but its importance cannot be overstated – observation is key! John kept his eyes open and forced himself to be mobile to catch these fish. Spotting little signs like coloured water in a neighbouring swim can be the difference between success and failure at this time of year.
RIG AND BAIT
- Hookbait: 15mm CC Moore Pacific Tuna bottom bait
- Loosefeed: CC Moore Pacific Tuna boilies
- Hook: Size 6 Atomic Stinga
- Hooklink: 15lb Suffix Stealth Skin
- Lead: 1.5oz flat pear