On his first session at Kingfisher Lake on the Northants Bluebell complex Charlie Stearn smashed his personal best by over 13lb with the capture of this 50lb common.
After spotting several fish showing at range when he arrived, the London-based rod spent three hours with his marker rod searching for a clear spot to present his hookbaits.
Eventually he located a 10ft square firm patch in among the weed which he baited with 2kg of Nash Monster Squid boilies.
“After all the disturbance I’d made with the marker I was surprised when one of my alarms burst in to life later on that afternoon,” the 24-year-old electrician told Angling Times. “At first I couldn’t get the fish to move and it felt like I’d hooked in to a log that was stuck on the bottom. Eventually it started to come in slowly and when I saw the size of it in the net, I had to sit down for a few minutes and compose myself before I could do the weighing and the photos. I fed the swim with another kilo of boilies and went on to land further fish of 36lb 8oz and 20lb. The next morning I lost two mirrors, one of which looked huge. I was a little bit disappointed but couldn’t complain too much with a fifty under my belt!”
Charlie used Nash Monster Squid pop-up hookbaits on size 6 Nash Twister hooks and Missing Link hooklinks to land the three fish which have capped a memorable spell of angling. “Just a week earlier I’d broken my pb with a 36lb mirror from Walthamstow Reservoirs. I had a few more fish from there and decided that I’d like to try and catch a big common. I did a bit of research on the internet and found Bluebell Lakes. I can’t wait to get back there again now as I’d really like to have a go for the big mirrors which reside in one of the other lakes on the fishery,” he added.
It is the first time which the common has broken the 50lb-barrier and incredibly it is now the fifth different fifty which the complex has produced.
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