44lb 14oz common falls from spot 5yds from bank

A spot just 5yds from the bank produced this personal-best 44lb 14oz common from Twynersh Fishery’s Specimen Lake for David Emson.

When he arrived at the Surrey day-ticket venue, the 39-year-old spotted a carp feeding in the margins, so quickly flicked an 18mm bottom bait out to the area. Fifteen minutes passed without any action, so Dave crumbled up a few freebies and threw them over the spot. It proved to be enough to tempt the fish, and when he had a couple of tweaks on his line he instantly struck into the bite.

“I saw a large set of shoulders break the surface and thought it was probably a good twenty,” said the Surrey-based carper.

“When I finally went to lift the net I realised it was actually a lot bigger than my initial guess. Later, the owner, Paul, came to help with the photos and he recognised it as the big common named Nina.

“Not only did it break my pb by over 14lb, it was also the biggest weight the fish has been caught at since 2005. I’m glad I banked it when I did, because my wife is due to give birth in a couple of weeks and I probably won’t be able to fish for a while,” he added.

Dave tempted the chunky specimen with a Mainline Baits Cell boilie mounted on a 6ins Sufix Sheath Skin hooklink and a size 8 Gardner Incizor Longshank hook.