Massive 51lb mirror banked following winter warm spell.
Weighing in at 51lb on the nose, this is the biggest carp landed this winter.
The fish – known as the Gurm - was caught from Essex’s Fryerning Fisheries by Ipswich angler Collin Peto following a week of increased temperatures across the UK.
However, it was far from easy going for the builder, who had to battle strong winds and a torrential rain during a weekend 48hour session to take the fish and his new pb.
“I arrived on the Friday but couldn’t get the swim I wanted and was soon sheltering from heavy rain and strong winds,” Colin told Advanced Carp Fishing. “I didn’t have anything until on the Saturday morning the guy in the swim I wanted to fish left and I moved in.”
Back in January Collin had fished the same peg taking a trio of specimens at 28lb, 34lb and 39lb after finding a small patch of silt at around 70 yards range. A location he exploited once again on this visit.
“There was a lull in the wind which gave me the chance to get the marker out and locate the silt as well as get out a scattering of freebies,” continued Collin.
A total of 100 freebies went over the area, before Colin cast out his baits of 16mm DT fluro white popups mounted on chod rigs. These were made up of Korda size 6 barbless wide gape hoks on short links and ESP leadcore.
The following morning Collin received a vicious take, which he struck into as it set off behind an island.
“It kited to my left heading for the island and taking out the lines of another angler down the bank,” said Collin. “It was going like a train so I got into the water to get the angle to pull it bank into the open water, I managed to get it to the net in the end after a few very tense moments, to be honest I was lucky to land here.”
On the scales the carp went 51lb, smashing Collin’s previous best of 41lb 12oz.
“It’s a fish of a lifetime, and to catch it in February was just brilliant,” he added.
Last modified on Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:19