One bite at Monk Lakes produces mirror carp of 38lb 10oz

Taffy Woodhouse had only one bite during a 48-hour session on the Monk Lake syndicate on the Isle of Wight, but he certainly wasn’t complaining after it resulted in his capture of this mirror weighing 39lb 10oz.

Targeting a silt patch in 9ft of water at the bottom of the dam wall, the local 50-year-old lured his prize with a Carp Company Icelandic Red with Caviar and Cranberry bottom bait fished over just a handful of freebies.

Taffy mounted his hookbait on a size 8 Drennan Super Specialist hook and a 12lb Ultima Power Plus hooklink fished in conjunction with a 4ft fluorocarbon leader.