Plastic hookbaits proved to be the key to success for Mark Baker when he landed this 41lb 4oz mirror from the Main Lake at Fryerning Fisheries and ended a run of 15 blank nights.
With only two other anglers on the venue, the Essex-based rod headed to the point swim where a number of fish had been showing.
“The crayfish in the lake are a nightmare and can quickly destroy your baits. Previously I’ve wrapped my hookbaits in shrink tubing but I don’t have much confidence in this tactic as the baits look, and feel, awful,” he told Angling Times.
“I decided to give the new Korda Banoffee slow-sinking plastic dumbells a try as I thought they could be the solution I was looking for.”
Mark spent an hour spreading 2kg of 10mm and 16mm Mainline Baits Cell boilies over a wide area at 60yds range and cast three combi-rigs tied 25lb Kryston Snake Skin and size 8 Korda Wide Gape hooks.
“Later that night I received a slow and steady take on my left-hand-rod. Having rushed out of my bivvy in a hurry I had forgotten my head torch so had to net the fish in the moonlight – thankfully it went in on the first attempt.
“The fish known as Charlie fell just a few ounces short of my pb and is one of the oldest and most sought after fish in the lake. I feel blessed to have caught two of the A-Team fish within my first two months on the lake, previously banking The Chunk at 39lb 4oz.”