Recently I did a session on a secret lake somewhere East of Birmingham. Bait was HG42 naturally. Rig was very basic, just a size six hook attached knotless knot, six inch coated hook length with some of the coating stripped back and a semi-fixed 3 ounce lead.
Tactics were to fish a scattering of bait at 45 yards and fish a PVA bag over the top. I like to have the hook-length sticking out of the side of the bag, sticking it to the side of the bag using a PVA nugget, it just works for me.
On arrival I was disappointed to find that they had spawned and would be down in weight.
The start of the session was very slow e.g. nothing caught for three nights. However on the fourth night I had 4 fish, one twenty and three thirties to 37.5lbs, well pleased. The next night was even better, with one twenty, three thirties and two forties. I had three fish on at the same time, a forty and two thirties and managed to land all three, sheer mayhem. The last night I only had one fish, a fifty, I decided to reel in after the capture as I thought it would be a great way to end the session.
To summarise 2xtwenties, 6x thirties, 2x forties and a fifty. What would they have weighed before spawning? HG42, it will do for me!