Although he was targeting the specimen bream in St Ives Lagoon, Cambs, Paul Garner certainly wasn’t complaining when he slipped his net under the venue’s most sought-after resident – The Fat Lady at a weight of 54lb 8oz.
The huge mirror smashed the West Midlands-based all-rounder’s previous carp pb of 32lb, and came from a gravel seam at 40yds just one hour after he baited the feature with 80 balls of groundbait.
“I saw a carp show right over the bait an hour after I’d catapulted it in and had the take a few minutes later,” said Paul. “Because there was a heavy algal bloom I couldn’t see what I’d hooked during the fight and it was only when I saw it in the net that I realised which fish I’d caught.”
His tactics consisted of a trimmed-down boilie mounted on a size 12 Korda Mixa hook. The following morning he banked one of his target species – a 12lb 9oz bream.