A switch to a heavy lead catches 35lb 10z mirror carp

On pressured day-ticket carp waters, doing something slightly different to everyone else when carp angling can make all the difference.

That was certainly the case for Mark Lewis, who used a much heavier lead than normal to catch this 35lb 1oz mirror from White Springs Fishery’s Specimen Lake in Swansea.

Not only was it the first carp that the 44-year-old bricklayer had caught this year, but it also broke his old pb by 3lb.

With Mark fishing towards a clear area by an overhanging tree on the far margin, the all-important take came within a few hours of his arrival, and was backed up by two other mid-doubles later that day.

The trio of fish were fooled with Mainline Baits Cell boilies which he glugged in a matching flavoured bait dip and fished over a light scattering of different-sized freebies.

“When you look at what the majority of other anglers are using it is nearly always leads of 2.5oz to 3oz,” he told Angling Times. “I think the fish get so used to seeing these that they learn how to get rid of them easily.

“I always use leads of at least 5oz because it gives them a totally different situation to deal with, particularly as I use the inline versions that set the hook almost instantly,” he added.

The business end of the Rhondda, South Wales-based carper’s rig consisted of a 5ins Kryston Snake-Bite hooklink knotless-knotted to a size 8 ESP Big-T Raptor hook.