37lb 6oz common best of three in overnight session

A QUICK overnight session on the Carp Society’s Farriers Lake in the Cotswolds produced three fish for Jordan Dicks - the highlight being this cracking 37lb 6oz common.

The 25-year-old Bristol Angling Centre manager has been baiting one of the deeper areas of the venue with up to 10kg of boilies every week for the past couple of months in a bid to keep the fish feeding and regularly visiting his spot.

The heavy baiting strategy has certainly paid off and he is yet to suffer a blank session so far this winter.

His latest trip started with a 24lb common at 11pm, and the biggest fish of the trip then came in the early hours of the morning.

He said: “When I woke up the spot looked like a jacuzzi with all the fizzers coming up so I wasn’t that surprised when my alarm burst in to life for a third time as I was starting to pack my gear away – this time a 21lb common was the culprit.”

Jordan had baited the silt patch he was fishing over with a tight bed of 2kg of Nash Bait Monster Squid boilies. Over the top of this he cast a snowman presentation consisting of a bottom bait and a 10mm pop-up. This was mounted on a blow-back rig tied with a Nash Missing Link hooklink and a Fang X hook.

“I think a lot of people make the mistake of stopping putting the bait in as soon as the weather turns cold. When you do this the fish slow down and can become very hard to catch. If you keep the bait going in consistently, however, they will generally continue to eat it and you can enjoy some excellent winter sport.”