Everything came together for Edd Arlott at Farlows as he banked a new lake-record common as part of a 13-fish haul.
Fresh from landing a 34lb mirror from peg 12 a fortnight earlier, the 34-year-old returned to fish the same area of water from peg 32.
The Oxfordshire angler received steady action throughout his 72-hour session, catching five 20s to 28lb as well as the big common at exactly 45lb.
“I had fish from four different baited areas,” Edd told Carpfeed. “Moving the rods around and casting to showing fish helped.”
The gardener added: “I went a couple of weeks ago when conditions were perfect and had a 34-pounder.
“There were lots of fish showing in that area so I knew where I wanted to be this time. It’s really weedy still at that end of the lake and the fish are just holding up in it.”
Edd baited with crumbed boilies and maggots, and received regular bites.
“I saw a fish rolling at about 10pm or 11pm on the Monday night and moved a rod on to that spot, and that was the rod that did the big common.
“It was the middle of the day on the Tuesday and was probably my seventh or eighth fish so it was right in the middle of the session.
“Because of the weed all the takes were pretty slow and I was fishing locked up. Like all the other fish it went straight into the weed and I could just feel that horrendous grating.
“It took me through a couple of weedbeds but I got it in close fairly quickly. Under the rod tip it stayed deep and hugged the bottom.
“I set myself a target of catching a 30lb mirror and a 30lb common from Farlows and when I got it in the net I knew it was a 30, but its exact weight definitely came as a shock!”
RIG AND BAIT
- Ronnie rig
- Hook: Korda Kurv
- Hooklink: 35lb Fox Coretex Matt
- Hookbait: Shoreline Baits Sausage Oil pop-up topped with maggots
- Loosefeed: Total of 2/3kg of crumbed Sausage Oil boilies, maggots and Shoreline Diff’rent Gravy liquid