Making the effort to roll his own boilies certainly paid off for Martin Blakey, who managed to break his personal best twice in one session, topped with this 32lb 8oz mirror carp from a southern syndicate water.
The 33-year-old’s 48-hour trip got off to a positive start when he received a take before he’d even managed to get his second rod cast out.
Unfortunately, the fish came off, but he soon levelled the score 30 minutes later when he netted an upper-double.
“After getting a fish under my belt I decided to try one of my home-made pop-ups, which I cast out on an 18ins zig,” said the Hampshire-based fire fighter. “I must have dropped it on a carp’s nose because before I could even clip the bobbin on it rattled off.” Following a powerful 10-minute scrap Martin was holding the chunky mirror - which beat his previous pb by 8lb - up for the cameras.
He was then woken the following morning by another take and was soon slipping the net under a new personal-best common of 25lb 4oz.
“I’d never made my own boilies before, but while stuck at home unable to fish over the winter I decided to give it a go. I’m glad I did, and I’ll certainly be keeping a tub of them in my bag from now on,” he added.
All three fish were beaten on rigs tied with 10lb Korda IQ hooklinks, size 8 Korda Kurv Shank hooks and 1.5oz drop-off inline leads.