Deep hotspot produces 36lb 8oz common

Targeting a firm spot in 37ft of water paid dividends for Mike Jarvis who caught this 36lb 8oz common from the Bundy’s Pit syndicate in Cambridgeshire.

The Peterborough-based rod had received a number of liners and seen several fish show over his baited area before he had the bite just after first light.

He said: “The weather was really cold with temperatures dropping down to minus four and there was a north westerly wind blowing for the whole of my 48 hour session. This is my third year as a winter ticket member of the syndicate and is the first fish I have banked.”

Mike used a 10mm Mainline Baits Milky Toffee pop-up over a handful of freebies on  a hinged-stiff rig tied with 25lb Fox Rigidity and size 5 Arma Point SR hooks.