Stalking carp near the surface might be unusual enough in winter, but Molly Payne made it doubly so by using part of her roast dinner as bait.
The Sparsholt student bagged this dark double-figure common from the Lower Lake at Broadlands in Hampshire using freelined Yorkshire pudding!
The 20-year-old told Carpfeed: “It’s not something I’ve tried before but I noticed the fish fairly close to the surface in the margins but had no bread or any floating bait other than pop-ups, which I didn’t fancy using.
“Luckily I enjoy my bankside cooking, so I’d brought some bits to make a little bankside roast in the afternoon and thought I’d give the Yorkshire pudding a go as it was the only thing I had with me that I thought might float.
“After trying to float it on the surface and seeing the fish not really bothered I squeezed it out and dipped it in the Nut Juice by Urban Baits to give it a bit more weight.
“I floated it a few inches below the surface and soon enough that dark common had sucked it right in.”
Molly attached the unusual bait using a Nash Bread Bomb.
She added: “I actually think I might use it a bit more in future as it lasted a really long time compared to bread, which usually breaks up over time.”
Molly also had two more doubles during the afternoon on more traditional tactics, mounting 3FT Baits Pink Redemption dumbbell pop-ups on KD rigs.