Watercraft pays off with brace of 30lb-plus common carp

Following a southerly wind is one of the oldest rules in the book, and Ian Redmond used this simple piece of watercraft to help himself to a brace of 30lb-plus commons, topped by this  34lb 2oz specimen from a Nene Valley stillwater.

After a bit of work with his marker rod, the 39-year-old located a suitable clear spot among two weed beds at 55yds range on the 24-acre venue. This then received an initial baiting of 2kg of the new Grange boilies from

Mainline, and was kept topped-up with a further kilo during each day of his five-day session.

After a slow start, a screaming take on the second night, followed by a spirited fight, resulted in his new pb common being banked. This was backed up the following morning with another fish of 32lb 4oz.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Preston-based bricklayer, as he also lost two good carp.

“When I arrived at the lake I couldn’t see any fish showing, but there was a warm southerly wind, so I knew the carp would follow it,” he told Angling Times. “I’d never had a common over 30lb before, so to have two in one session made the three-hour drive from my home to the venue more than worthwhile,” he added.

Ian mounted 18mm critically balanced hookbaits blow-back style on rigs tied with 15lb Kryston Mantis Gold hooklinks and size 6 Gardner Mugga hooks.