Gut instinct leads to 31lb 8oz common

With no carp showing, Steven Brown had to follow his gut instinct, and it proved to be spot on when he caught this 31lb 8oz common carp from a difficult low-stock Nene Valley gravel pit.

Targeting a small clay bar, the Solihull-based chef baited the feature with half a kilo of mixed sized DT Bait N-Blend boilies but had to wait until the following evening before receiving a screaming take.

The fish is the third thirty in a row which Steven has caught from the venue and he got the carp to the bank with a 6ins Atomic Tackle Jel-E-Wyre hooklink tied to a long shank hook.