Two tiger nuts placed in the margins gave Ben Francis this new personal best.
The Wychwood Tackle product developer isolated a spot on the tricky Tardebigge syndicate in Worcestershire and was rewarded with the 30lb common.
“I’ve been fishing Tardebigge for a few months now and it’s not easy pickings. It’s low stock with a large volume of water. Considering that most of the reservoir is over 25ft deep, the fish rarely get seen let alone caught, and my first take happened to be this brute of a common!
“Catching a fish after putting in so much effort is rewarding enough from this place, but to break my PB and pull out the biggest fish of the year on the syndicate thus far was just immense!”
Explaining his unusual rig, which sees the hook mounted on a crimped loop, Ben added: “I have used this method for a number of years and I’ve fine-tuned my ‘tiger rig’ to work in a manner that gives me total confidence whenever I cast out. There’s loads of movement at the business end and the way it’s put together makes it difficult for the carp to eject the rig.”