27 Carp for 275lb
Des Shipp Bags Up
Des Shipp has enjoyed a memorable match win at the prolific Viaduct Fishery in Somerset last week bagging 27 carp on the pellet waggler!
Using prototype Preston Pellet Wagglers for an amazing weight of 275lb, Des had fish up to 17lb fishing only eighteen inches deep. But the England pro said it was all down to outwitting bigger, wiser fish.
"You would hardly have known they were in the peg, talk about cute, educated fish," he tells us. "I used the 3-6g Preston 11ft Mini Pellet waggler rod, teamed with a Preston PCR 4000-sized reel loaded with 6lb Preston Power Max line and a 0.15mm Preston Powerline hooklength. The float was a prototype flighted, loaded Preston pellet waggler and a size 16 Preston PR36 finished off the business end of the rig.
"I drew peg 97 on Cary Lake and had the wind in my face. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a nice warm day, so I fancied it for a few fish up in the water. I was into fish from the word go, using 8mm Sonu Fin Perfect Feed pellets, as their weight helped them go the distance I wanted to fish out in front of me.
"But I caught most of the carp between two metres and five metres past the point where the majority of the pellets hit the water," he adds. "I think those big, wise fish were intercepting the odd pellet that flew past the point at which most pellets hit the water."
Another thing Des had to do was strike at the slightest dip on the float.
"It was like striking at roach bites but every so often the float would dip slightly, you would strike and a big fish would be on. I am happy to report that due to the fantastic clutch on the Preston PCR reel, I never lost a fish all day!"
Some anglers thought Des was pushing it, fishing with a 0.15mm Preston Powerline hooklength but with the super-sensitive drag on the PCR reel and the lovely forgiving action on the Preston Mini pellet waggler rod, Des didn't crack off at all. Trust your tackle!