Brace of 40lb-plus carp after trip to the shops

Ed Betteridge had his decision to reel in a go to the shop to thank after banking his first ever brace of UK ‘forties’ with common carp weighing 45lb 6oz and 41lb 10oz.

After a biteless first night during a 48-hour session on Bundy’s Pit in Cambridgeshire, the specialist from Derbyshire  decided to give his swim a rest, top up with bait then take a trip to buy some milk.

The Korda Tackle consultant’s theory behind what happened next is the fact that he gave the fish a chance to graze over his bed of Mainline Hybrid boilies with the absence of any lines in the water  - a tactic that saw him set his hook into the 45lb specimen just a few minutes after re-casting his rods.

“I’d just got back to the swim after a couple of hours and I didn’t even have time to clip the bobbin

onto the line before the rod screamed off  and I’m convinced it’s because I reeled in and gave the swim a rest,” Ed told Angling Times.

“After that my fortunes completely turned around as I banked five other fish including the 42 ‘pounder’ in just 24-hours – it was an incredible session and a real eye opener.”
”It’s too much of a coincidence that I caught after the swim was left to rest with no lines in the water, which is really something to think about.

All of Ed’s fish were fooled with a simple hinged stiff rig finished with a size 6 Korda Choddy hook and a 16mm Mainline Hybrid pop-up.

The other fish that he banked during his memorable session weighed in at 30lb, 27lb and two other that were into double figures.

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