Balanced baits result in 45lb 9oz mirror

Greg Alexander got his session on a southern stillwater off to a flying starting with this 45lb 9oz mirror caught on the first morning of the trip.

The 31-year-old gas engineer went on to bank three more carp up to 29lb 7oz, all of which fell to critically-balanced CC Moore Tiger Nut hookbaits fished over a whole bucket of mixed particles.

He mounted his hookbaits on helicopter rigs tied with 20lb ESP Two-Tone hooklinks, size 4 Korda Wide Gape hooks and a 3.5oz lead.

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