A 24-fish hit at Linear St John’s culminated in the capture of the Box Common at a mighty 47lb 2oz for Scott Gillett.
The 25-year-old from Swindon was chatting to England star Tom Maker as he received the bite on his final morning of a week-long stay.
“As I lifted the net it was Tom that said, ‘that is the Box Common’,” said Scott.
“I couldn't believe it as the night before I was debating going home.
"It was only the fact that I hadn't had a fish over 30lb that session that I decided to stay on, and there it was in my landing net!
“It wasn't until after I recast my rods and I looked back on the photographs that the magnitude of the fish I just caught started to settle in. I realised that I had just beat my pb by 10lb 14oz.”
Fishing from the Henman Hill area at the top end of St John’s, Scott caught 19 20-pounders up to 27lb 15oz after a slow start.
He told carpfeed.com: “Without having a bite in the first 24 hours I decided to start introducing my bait with a spod – 10 minutes after spodding I had my first fish on the bank!
“Another followed two hours after, and I had another that night which would be one of only four fish that would come in the night.
“For the rest of the session my bites would come between 5am and midday, and start again around 6pm until 10.30pm.
“After four days and eight lost fish I decided to switch down to two rods as the swim was tight. After doing so I didn't lose another fish.”
Fishing to the far margin from the Henman Hill swims is a tried-and-tested tactic on St John’s but Scott wasn’t afraid to experiment when things didn’t initially work out. Changing from adding bait by hand to spodding clearly rang the dinner bell for these hungry Oxfordshire carp.
RIG AND BAIT
Standard hair rig
Hookbait: 18mm Mainline Essential Cell tipped with half a piece of pop-up corn
Hook: Size 6 Korda Wide Gape
Hooklink: 10ins of 15lb Korda N-Trap Semi Stiff
Loosefeed: Initial 35 spods of 12mm and 16mm Sticky Manilla boilies, small amount of Mainline Essential Cell boilies, hemp, corn and mixed particles. Addition four or five spods after every fish and 10 spods each evening. Two spods added when action slowed.