One of the biggest ever canal carp has been caught by Bill Phillips, this 41lb fully-scaled mirror from the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Fishing from his narrow boat, Cyprinus Carpio, the Wiltshire-based retired production manager targeted an area which he had been baiting for the last couple of months.
After landing fish of 17lb and 15lb during the night he thought his chance had passed because bites from the waterway generally came during the hours of darkness. At 8.30am, however, his alarm burst into life and following a powerful scrap he netted the stunning specimen. And by the time his mate had come down to help with the photos he had also added a 28lb 4oz mirror to his tally.
“I have been fishing canals for carp since the 70s and caught a very historic 32lb mirror from the Royal Military back in 1978. Since then I have dreamed of catching a forty from a canal, but in nearly 35 years, despite landing many nice fish, I have only ever had three over 30. In the last couple of years I’ve had carp to 78lb 15oz in France and catfish to 68lb in the UK, but this canal fish is the icing on the cake,” added Bill, who used an 18mm Mainline Baits Cell hookbait on a ESP Strip Teaze hooklink and a size 8 Korda Wide Gape hook.
The biggest carp caught from a canal was a 42lb 12oz specimen landed by Danny Smith in 2000 from the Grand Union.