Mark Holmes proved that you don’t need fancy rigs or the latest bait to catch big carp when he tempted this 52lb 6oz mirror on a floatfished prawn.
The specimen marked the end of a successful quest on Chad Lakes’ Home Pool in Gloucestershire, which saw the Greys Carp Academy member catch almost every fish in the lake.
He said: “It was nearly a year to the day since Black Eye was caught on a piece of freelined flake by Mark Whitehouse, and I figured that at this time of year he would be more susceptible to being caught with a different approach.”
His hunch certainly paid off, and after trickling a supply of prawns into a margin spot over a 24-hour period, he cast out his float set-up on the second day and only had to wait one hour before his tip buried. “I knew during the fight which fish I was attached to, but I had to try and put this to the back of my mind as I negotiated it around the weed beds,” he said.