Adopting a little and often baiting approach proved to be the key to success for Anthony Bonner who landed this 42lb common from Swan Lake on the Northants Bluebell complex.
It was only the second time that the 38-year-old security engineer had fished the venue – his previous trip yielding an 82lb catfish – and he targeted a small clear patch two rod lengths out.
“I fed the spot with 10-15 Mainline Cell boilies every two hours and on the final day of the trip I eventually received a very fast take,” he told Angling Times. “It took me 30 minutes to it through all the weed and in to my net. I was delighted to join the ‘forties’ club and beat my old pb of 38lb which I caught six years ago,” he added.
Anthony mounted his hookbait on a chod rig with a size 5 hook.