Month's wait pays off with pristine forty

Sam Pryor reaped the rewards of a month long prebaiting campaign with the capture of this immaculate 41lb 8oz common from a southern stillwater.

The 22-year-old Ferndown-based engineer kept a spot baited with Sticky Krill boilies and before long started to regularly see fish in the area.

He said: “I knew it would be beneficial to leave the spot, though, and wait until the carp were really there in numbers. Over a period of time the area was getting clearer and clearer so I decided to do a few overnighters and just fish over a handful of bait.

“On my latest trip I saw several carp including a very large common which I was woken up by in the early hours of the morning when it picked up my Krill cork ball pop-up.

“I’ve now managed both the big commons from the lake so hopefully some of the big mirrors will make an appearance soon.”

Sam used a short 1ins chod rig tied with a size 4 Korda Choddy hook and 20lb Mouthtrap.