Debut trip to Orchid yields big common

Debut trip to Orchid yields big common

Plummeting temperatures couldn’t prevent Andy Holdaway from banking this superb common on his first visit to Orchid Lake.

The 31-year-old caught the 32lb 12oz fish during a 48-hour session on the popular Oxfordshire day-ticket water.

 It was Andy's first visit to Orchid

It was Andy's first visit to Orchid

He said: “On my first trip to the lake it was a busy, warm day so I decided to fish a channel off an island which I thought the carp would patrol.

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“I baited a spod mix of crushed Nash Scopex Squid boilies, sweetcorn, maggots and hemp oil while presenting a maggot rig, flavoured in Scopex 1, over the top.

“After seeing fish crash out during the evening the temperature dropped, but the next morning the alarm screamed off and I was in to a powerful common trying get in to a snag in the way of a sunken tree.

“After a long battle I just about managed to get this long common into the net.”

 32lb 12oz of Oxfordshire day-ticket common

32lb 12oz of Oxfordshire day-ticket common