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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