Half a boilie bags a brace of thirties

On pressured day-ticket waters it is often the anglers who do something a little bit different from the crowd who enjoy the best results, and this was certainly the case for James Yarrow when he fished Swan Lake on the Bluebell complex.

During a four-day session on the popular Northants big-fish water, the 37-year-old bricklayer took a five-fish catch, topped by a brace of 30lb-plus commons of 32lb 4oz and 31lb 10oz.

Instead of using a standard boilie presentation he offered half a bottom bait in a bid to fool some of the venue’s wary residents.

As well as the two thirties, he helped himself to a trio of twenties to 28lb 4oz, all of which came from a gully at nearly 100yds range, where he boated out a veritable feast of hemp, maize, wheat, pellets and chopped Mainline Cell boilies.

“I think the fish in Swan have seen most presentations in their time, so I knew if I wanted to enjoy any sort of regular success I’d have to do something a little bit different to everyone else,” he told Angling Times.

“Particles are also working really well on the water at the moment, and half a boilie looks much more natural over a bed of particles than a whole one.”

The business end of the Cambridgeshire-based carper’s rig consisted of a 7ins Korda Hybrid Soft hooklink knotless-knotted to a size 8 Korda Wide Gape hook.
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