DAN Taylor caught his first ever carp over the magical 50lb barrier in the form of this 51lb mirror known as Stella from the Essex Manor syndicate.
Targeting a patch of silt just 20 yards from the bank, the Kent-based rod baited the feature with four kilos of Tails Up Pro Fish 10mm and 18mm boilies before positioning a matching flavoured white pop-up over the top.
He said: “On first light my right-hand rod went in to melt down and as soon as I picked it up I knew something special was on the other end. After a slow, heavy fight lasting 15 minutes I slipped the net under a fish of a lifetime.”
Dan beat his new personal best with a size 7 Atomic Tackle Grabba hook attached to a 25lb Jel-E-Wyre hooklink and a 2oz lead on a safety clip system.