Fantastic run of big fish for Ian Bailey!

There’s no stopping Korda’s Ian Bailey at the moment, who has been having a fantastic run of big carp of late, including a brace of 40lb-plus commons!

As if that wasn’t enough on its own, he has also added a number of other fish over 30lb, including one from a water he has only just started fishing.

Ian revealed: “Luckily my run of fine form has continued and it feel unreal that we are only in April, yet I’m already reporting another two 40s to add to my tally for the year so far.

“My ticket for Monks Pit started in March, and this water is a stepping stone for many anglers that I know, as it is well known to contain kelp weed which means that you have to use braided main line to get around it. That has certainly been an experience as I’ve never used braid as main line before and chose 30lb Apex, as it is neutral buoyancy, to combat the big weedbeds.

“I was lucky enough to be off the mark with three fish to 32lb, fishing at range with Baitworks Scent from Hell snowman hookbaits over a few spods of bait, including Mainline Essential Cell boilies. I really enjoyed fishing on there and will be back for another go later in the year.

“Having caught a few fish from a deep pit late winter on zigs, I decided to return with my old mate Jim Wilson for a social after we attended the Sheltons of Peterborough open day.

“After spending a manic day in the shop and seeing plenty of happy faces as we showed them the new kit and had a chat, we settled in for a night on the back of the wind.

“There was evidence of fish close to the surface, over 50ft of water, so we fished adjustable zigs and staggered them in areas where I’ve seen fish show in the past – keeping records of the number of wraps, and depths, is vital.

“After a quiet night the next morning we were sat drinking tea and it was noticeably colder, and I had to be away by 11am to meet Charlotte. I decided to have one more cuppa with Jim and had just adjusted the depth of my zigs, when minutes later the middle rod was away.

“After a mad battle, with the fish getting wrapped up in one of my other lines, the fish turned out to be a mirror called the Parrot – it was my first mirror from the pit as it is dominated by commons, and it weighed 33lb 4 oz. I was also home in time to meet Charlotte for once!

“Since that session I’ve been lucky enough to land a brace of 40s, with commons of 42lb 10oz (Hole in the Dorsal) and 40lb 12oz (The Ant) coming just 12 hours apart on a trip that I won’t forget.

“It came as a result of observing the water and spending time plumbing a swim that I’d studied the past form of. I’d spent time with a marker rod and sea lead in the weeks prior to this session, learning about the swim, and it was pretty flat and covered in green weed, but I’d noted some spots.

“It was perfect for fishing chods, so I dug out some Kontour main line and Heli Safe droppers to use with a naked chod rig, which was what the venue rules allow, and that produced both fish. I also returned to land a fish known as the Wart at 36lb 8oz.”