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Hookbait in position for 3 days for 86-pounder

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Hookbait in position for 3 days for 86-pounder

A British angler left his hookbait out for three days to bank Mar-Peche’s biggest carp.

Benji Brittin caught the mirror known as Barbie Jo from the popular French venue at a colossal 86lb 4oz.

He said: “I started the session fishing on the back of somebody else’s bait, knowing they had fished there the day previous, and I didn’t wanting to spook them by putting other bait out.

 Barbie Jo at 86lb 4oz

Barbie Jo at 86lb 4oz

“This tactic worked to catch the first fish of 49lb 2oz. I then started my own session by putting out boilies and crumb on a hard spot close to a weedbed.

“I did this over two days with nothing happening at all. I then decided to leave baiting and left my rig out for three days untouched.

 Benji's first fish was just under 50lb

Benji's first fish was just under 50lb

“With confidence that shrink-wrapping my hookbait would avoid the crayfish, I hoped the fish would feel confident feeding on an undisturbed area. 

“On my last day I had a take at 5.45am and had a battle with a fish called Barbie Jo, successfully landing her at 86lb 4oz!

 A monster mirror

A monster mirror

“I found that over-baiting wasn’t working but baiting and leaving over long periods was the way to catch on this week’s session.”

RIG AND BAIT

 A formidable frame on this 86-pounder

A formidable frame on this 86-pounder