Venue records were smashed at no fewer than seven commercials around the country as scorching temperatures hit 28°C and sent carp on a feeding spree.
Lake bests went at Heronbrook Fisheries, Woodland Lakes, Meadowlands, Decoy Lakes, Timsbury Manor, Rayne Lodge and Southview Leisure, where in most cases fish were gathered in the margins in large numbers to spawn.
Prolific Meadow Lake, at Heronbrook in Slindon, Staffordshire, threw up a new fishery record of 250lb 14oz to Andy Lees. The Manchester man fished down the margins with double caster, taking fish to 9lb from peg 19. Complex boss Neil Dale said it was the best match he had ever had in 17 years running the fishery.
“Everything was wrong, it was hot, flat calm and the fish were spawning, yet 13 of the 34 anglers caught over 100lb. In one five-peg section the lowest weight was 124lb 12oz,” said Neil.
Fishing down the edge to the pallet of the next peg was responsible for a 265lb 12oz bag from Meadowlands Fishery, near Coventry, to Baz Byrd. He used soft paste to set a new best during a Tuesday evening contest, where he took carp into double figures from peg 5 on Warren Lake.
Another angler to exploit this area of his swim was Andy Nelson, who fished 11m along his own bank to peg 17 on Kestrel Lake at Woodlands Lakes in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, from his peg 18 draw. Sweetcorn hookbaits produced 39 carp up to 12lb for 230lb 8oz.
Corn also scored for Richard Burford, who amassed 264lb at Timsbury Manor Fishery, where carp in the 4lb-8lb range responded. The Basingstoke man got through five tins at the Romsey, Hampshire lake, fishing in just 12ins of water down the edge during a small club contest, with Ian Jones finishing second with 230lb.
Former England international Paul Yates set a new record for the Strip Lakes, at Decoy Lakes in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, when he weighed in 240lb from Oak Pool during a match organised by his own tackle shop. The Doncaster man caught carp up in the water all day and finally short on pellets from peg 20.
In Essex, Graham Dack, from Romford, beat the open match record on the Bottom Lake at Rayne Lodge thanks to a string of big carp in his 225lb winning weight. Fishing peg 5, he landed six fish for 80lb, including three lumps around the 15lb mark, on meat just 5m out, but he could have doubled his weight had he not lost a lot of fish to sunken tree roots.
And, finally, at Southview Leisure in Skegness, Lincolnshire, the old record was broken by four anglers in one match but it was Gavin Butler from Boston who now holds the accolade after bagging 154lb 7oz of small carp on 6mm pellets.