Single hookbait lures big Snake Pit linear

Dean Willingham stopped his normal baiting approach and plumped for single hookbaits at Essex’s tricky Snake Pit and was rewarded with this peach of a mirror.

The 36lb 6oz fish, known as Stomper’s Lin, was caught along with another linear of 22lb during a a 36-hour session at the historic venue.

The 29-year-old roofer said: “I'd been baiting with 50 to 100 baits per trip but on this occasion single hookbaits positioned in the silt did the bites.

“It’s been a hard 12 months for everyone on Snake, with bites few and far between, but I’ve had a good year and I’m really pleased with my results. Rather than pulling off and moving on to an easier venue for the winter, I decided to stick at it in the hope of bagging one of these special old carp.”

Dean presented Sticky Vor-Text pop-ups on hinged stiff rigs.

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