Casting at showing fish accounts for countless captures each year, and Neil West put the tactic to good use when he took nine carp to 39lb during a short six-hour day session on Layer Pit in Essex.
On arrival at the 14-acre Colchester Angling Preservation Society-controlled water, the 32-year-old set up in the teeth of a north-easterly wind and soon spotted several carp topping at 80yds range.
He wasted no time in casting a couple of Mainline Cell hookbaits and three bait stringers to the area, and he didn’t have to wait long for the action to start.
“After catching several double-figure carp I had a take from what was obviously a better fish,” he told Angling Times. “After 15 minutes it rolled on the surface and I saw a big set of shoulders that I knew belonged to the lake’s biggest fish, Vanessa.”
With his new pb photographed and returned, it wasn’t long before he was in again, this time the culprit being a 30lb 6oz common.
“It was the first time I’d had a brace of thirties, and to catch them at this time of year made it even more special,” he added.
The Essex-based builder took all his fish on bottom baits mounted on size 8 Fox Arma Point SSC hooks and 8ins ESP Strip Teaze Two Tone hooklinks.