44lb carp sets new personal best

After 13 years of trying, Graham Mabey broke his personal best with this 44lb 4oz heavily-scaled mirror from a 30-acre southern gravel pit.

The director of For Life Experiences UK had cast a solid PVA bag with a critically-balanced Mainline Baits Indian Spice pop-up at a showing fish and received the all-important bite just minutes later.

He beat the specimen mirror with a 6ins Gardner Trickster Heavy Braid hooklink and a size 8 Gardner Mugga hook fished with a 3oz drop-off inline lead on an 8ft 25lb fluorocarbon leader.