Fake maggots and no freebies score at Bluebell

Fake maggots and no freebies score at Bluebell

Dan Bowles put his faith in presenting fake maggots without any free offerings to land a 41lb 14oz day-ticket common.

The fish, known as the Scar Common, was caught alongside a 31lb 2oz linear and a 28lb common at Swan Lake on the Bluebell complex in Northamptonshire.

 The Scar Common went 41lb 14oz

The Scar Common went 41lb 14oz

Dan pitched up next to friend Jon Gill for a three-night stay and had a quiet first 20 hours fishing snowman rigs.

He told Carpfeed: “The fish seemed to have moved out of the area so I decided to make a change and scale my rig down completely.”

Opting to use a 2.5oz lead with a flying backlead and a fluorocarbon D rig, the Walsall angler attached four fake maggots and began a new approach.

 This pretty linear weighed 31lb 2oz

This pretty linear weighed 31lb 2oz

“I flicked it back onto the margin spot and chose not to put any bait out all session.

“At 3pm the rod rattled off with a one-toner and I knew I had hooked into something very angry.

“It was peeling line off at a very fast pace. Daz Watson, a Swan regular, was behind me and I said to him, ‘I think I've hooked into a cat’.

“After a few more runs eventually Daz managed to get a look at it and he said it was a common. After netting it I knew it was a new pb and Daz confirmed it was the Scar Common.”

Following that fish, Dan decided to put two rods on the same spot with the same tactics and managed the linear at 1pm the next day, followed a couple of hours later by the common.

 Dan's third fish was this 28lb common

Dan's third fish was this 28lb common