Bottom Bait Fools Big Mirror - Pete Castle

Having not wet a line since Christmas, Pete Castle was itching to get amongst some of the carp on his favourite syndicate water. He set off to find some carp on his day-only session and was soon settled behind the rods.
“I’m a huge fan of fluorocarbon, especially on clear waters such as this. As a result, I literally use it from the main line straight through to the hook, well almost.
“My main line is trusty Kontour which I’ve found to be very heavy and lays flush over the lake bed contours, excuse the pun, when fished with a slack line. By fishing slack, it gives the line time to sink and keep out of the carp’s way – something that can be crucial in getting a bite or not!
“I fished a simple lead system and 2.5oz pear lead, along with a clear, Safezone leader. My hook link itself is then tied from soft IQ2 fluorocarbon in 15lb breaking strain. The key with this stuff is that it’s just stiff enough to kick my link away from the lead, yet supple enough to lay over any bottom debris. Not only that, you can barely see it in water!
“I whip a size-six Kurv Shank to the IQ2, using a knotless knot, which looks particularly aggressive when tied, so no need for tubing or anything to flip the hook. It’s very simple, but mega effective.”
Pete went on to tempt this wonderful, scaly, Norfolk mirror, which weighed 39lb 2oz, using Mainline New Grange. One thing that was intriguing is that it was a standard, 15mm bottom bait, straight out of the bag that accounted for the big mirror; not a tactic that many anglers employ these days. A PVA Funnelweb mesh bag of boilies was nicked onto the hook point before casting and finished the setup off nicely. Good work Pete!