Tactical Change Brings Stunner - Scott Lloyd

Hot on the heels of his recent Christchurch success, top northern carper, Scott Lloyd has been in touch to tell us about another corking Oxfordshire mirror that’s seen the inside of his net. Here’s his story…

“After camping in a swim for 24 hours and being unable to move onto the fish, I eventually got to where I wanted to be. I got the rods out as quickly as possible, placing them on top of a lovely gravel bar, at around 50 yards range. To begin with I thought the bar was nice and clean but as the session wore on, I was to learn that my initial judgement of the area was slightly wrong.

I used my standard bottom bait presentation, incorporating balanced baits. With the rigs in position on top of the bar, I then spombed the hell out of it with a mixture of Krill frozen ready-mades, Krill Powder, Krill Pellet and Pure Krill Liquid; A fine feast for any carp.

The fish were all over me throughout the first night in the swim and the liners I was getting were savage to say the least. After a good night’s sleep and no bites, I just knew there was something wrong. I wound in at first light, which I must say I never normally do, and decided on a change of approach. After reeling in, I soon found the problem; the rigs were covered in silkweed, which had obviously grown on the bar. I’ve never known this particular bar to have any form of weed-growth on it. I hadn’t fished the swim all year so there was no reason that I should have known the weed was present, especially as I was still getting the old ‘tap tap tap’ on the rod tip with the marker rod. It was just a case of trial and error with this one and I soon sorted the problem out.

I opted to fish with short, naked chods, which I constructed using Choddy hooks in size 6, 25lb Mouthtrap and No-Trace Naked Chod System. I baited the rigs with white, krill cork ball pop-ups, offering a visual aspect to the hook baits, which completed the set up nicely. I fished these over the top of the silkweed, because the fish were blatantly smashing it up out there and feeding on the bait I had put out.

Within just a couple of hours I received a take and soon had a beautiful, scaly linear kissing the spreader block. I was buzzing, chuffed to bits that the plan I had hatched had come together, resulting in a fine Oxfordshire mirror; what more could I want?”