Neil West's nine carp haul topped by 39lb mirror

Casting at showing fish accounts for countless captures each year, and Neil West put the tactic to good use when he took nine carp to 39lb during a short six-hour day session on Layer Pit in Essex.

On arrival at the 14-acre Colchester Angling Preservation Society-controlled water, the 32-year-old set up in the teeth of a north-easterly wind and soon spotted several carp topping at 80yds range.

He wasted no time in casting a couple of Mainline Cell hookbaits and three bait stringers to the area, and he didn’t have to wait long for the action to start.

“After catching several double-figure carp I had a take from what was obviously a better fish,” he told Angling Times. “After 15 minutes it rolled on the surface and I saw a big set of shoulders that I knew belonged to the lake’s biggest fish, Vanessa.”

With his new pb photographed and returned, it wasn’t long before he was in again, this time the culprit being a 30lb 6oz common.

“It was the first time I’d had a brace of thirties, and to catch them at this time of year made it even more special,” he added.

The Essex-based builder took all his fish on bottom baits mounted on size 8 Fox Arma Point SSC hooks and 8ins ESP Strip Teaze Two Tone hooklinks.