13kg of boilies produces 45lb mirror carp from margins

Iain Macmillan proved you don’t need to fish at distance to catch huge carp when he took this 45lb 10oz mirror carp from The Manor in Essex just a few yards from the marginal bank.

The all-important bite came on the second morning of the Stoke-on-Trent-based Trakker sales manager’s 48-hour session, and not only broke his previous personal best of 42lb 4oz, but ended a run of bad luck that had seen him lose several large carp the week before.

Iain certainly wasn’t shy in giving the carp a bit of grub, and over the duration of his session he baited his swim with a generous helping of 13kg of Mainline Cell boilies, with a matching pop-up hookbait over the top.

“I’d seen a few fish showing in the middle of the lake, but I knew they were cruising up the marginal shelf to feed, because I was regularly seeing patches of bubbles fizzing to the surface. Following the death of the biggest fish in the venue – The Annie – earlier this year, this carp is now the queen of the lake, so I was obviously delighted to pose for the camera with it,” he added.

To make sure he didn’t spook the fish feeding over his close-in bait, Iain used 17lb fluorocarbon mainline, slackened off so that it lay flat on the lakebed.

He then hooked the fish using a chod rig tied with a size 8 Korda Choddy hook and a new prototype hooklink material from the same company.



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