Two 40-pound carp landed from Cromwell Lakes in Notts

Zig Curtis had a memorable session at Cromwell Lakes in Nottinghamshire, where he helped himself to a brace of forties weighing 43lb and 41lb as part of a five-fish haul.

When he arrived at the 18-acre day-ticket venue, the 50-year-old was met by a strong north-easterly wind, so he chose to set up in a swim that he’d had success from in the past.

Fishing to a large clear bar at 70yds, Zig got his 48-hour trip off to a flying start with a 21lb 4oz mirror shortly after casting his rigs out. This fish was soon followed by a low twenty common and a second mirror of 37lb 2oz.

“It was a hectic start, to say the least, but then nothing else happened for the rest of the day or through the night, so I re-cast all three rods in the morning and put out another kilo of bait over each of them,” the York-based farmer told Angling Times.

Later that morning one of his rods ripped off, and after a 20-minute scrap he netted a mirror known as ‘Mitch’ at a weight of 41lb.

“I was buzzing, but before I could even finish my celebratory brew I had a take from what was obviously another good carp.

“I saw it surface and knew it was bigger than my last fish, and on the bank we recognised it as the lake’s biggest resident, Taylor,” said Zig.

He fished balanced hookbaits on size 8 Korda Kurv Shank hooks and Korda hooklinks over a bed of Sticky Baits Bloodworm Dumbbells, chopped boilies and pellets.