Jordan Dicks proved how successful a concentrated winter baiting campaign can be when he banked this 41lb common.
The immaculate specimen was landed from the Carp Society’s Farriers Lake in the Cotswolds from a silt patch which he has kept topped up with 5kg-10kg of boilies every week.
The fish was the first to be landed from the 32-acre venue since mid-December and resulted from a change in tactics from the manager of Bristol Angling Centre.
“I’ve done a few sessions over the last couple of weeks with a mate at Churn Pool where we’ve done really well using solid PVA bags,” he told Angling Times. “I decided to give them a go on a couple of rods at Farriers, and it proved to be a wise decision. At 9am in the morning I received a steady take and after a very good fight I netted the huge common. I’d only just returned it when my other rod fished on a solid bag tore off resulting in a 28lb mirror.”
Jordan mounted homemade wafter hookbaits on size 4 Nash Fang X hooks and 4 inch supple braid hooklinks in conjunction with drop-off inline leads inside PVA bags filled with crushed Nash Key 6 boilies.
“I’ve been fishing one session a week all through the winter and at the end of every trip I’ve topped the spot up with boilies to keep the fish feeding and visiting the area,” he added. “I think the solid bags work so well as they offer a perfect mouthful of food for the fish. I’m certainly going to be using them more at Farriers now!”