Four thirties in 36 hours for Ed Betteridge

Ed Betteridge had a session to remember on a large, low-stocked pit with four 30s in just 36 hours.

The Greys and Chub media manager has been making the 360-mile round trip from his Derbyshire home to the south-coast venue since March and his dedication paid off in spectacular style.

Ed, who used Mainline bait at long range, said: “I was sure the fish had been sitting out in the centre of the 55-acre lake and although the odd bite had been had on single hookbaits I knew a lightly baited area would produce more action. So I baited a spot I had found at over 150yrds with the help of a Greys Distance Spod Rod and hoped the effort of long-distance casting and spodding would pay off.

“On the first night of the session I received a bite in the early hours of the morning which turned out to be one of my target fish known as the Camel, which weighed in at 38lb.

“I introduced a bit more bait for the following night and banked two double-figure bream just into dark. I then repositioned the rods and put out a bit more bait and I fully expected a night of bream action, so I was pleasantly surprised to get two carp takes in quick succession again in the early hours, followed by another carp just after dawn.

“All the fish banked were over 30lb and I was over the moon to have caught fish of 32lb, 36lb, 38lb and 39lb 14oz! The hard work and effort of getting to know the water was worth it to finally catch a few of the lake’s jewels and I was really pleased with the result because it is the first time that I have banked four 30s in a session.”