Little and often was a feeding tactic that proved key for Drennan Team England star Des Shipp when he amassed an impressive 80lb 12oz of carp and F1s during a recent winter league match at Tunnel Barn Farm, Warwickshire.
Des’ mammoth catch was not the only netful to drastically trouble the scales on the day, with 27 of the 80 peg field successfully managing to break the 50lb barrier.
The Preston Innovations-backed star managed to clinch top spot after opting to drip feed micro pellets into his swim, while pole-fishing 4mm expander pellet hookbaits from peg 5 on the Canal Pool.
That was just too good for former Fish ‘O’ Mania champion Neil Machin who weighed in 79lb 10oz.
Getting into a consistent feeding rhythm was vital to Des’ tactics as he told gofishing.co.uk: “When the rig went in, I cupped a tiny amount of the pellets in to try and provoke a response, leaving some in the pot.
“If nothing happened by the time the rig had settled I’d drop a few more in. If there were any left in the pot when the float disappeared they were emptied into the swim to keep fish rooting around,” added Des.