Waiting for the perfect weather conditions paid off for Leon Bartropp and his patience was duly rewarded with this 40lb 12oz common from Wellington Country Park.
The 44-year-old Essex-based carper had been baiting an area of the lake which hadn’t received any angling pressure for a while and was even being called ‘no carp corner’ by other members because there hadn’t even been any fish spotted in the area for several weeks.
“I’d been trickling a mixture of different sized Mistral i40 boilies into the area and as soon as a northerly wind picked up, blowing straight in to the bay, I made sure I got the rods out over the prebaited area,” said the Fox and Mistral consultant. “I hadn’t seen any fish but I was confident they would be there and then out of blue I received a steady take in the middle of the afternoon. The fish put up a good scrap taking me in and out of several weedbeds but I eventually got the better of it and slipped the net under a chunky common.”
Leon beat his prize with a pop-up hookbait on a hinged-stiff rig tied with a size 5 Fox Arma Point SR hook and a 25lb Rigidity hooklink.