CLIFF Kemp has been in a rich vein of form this winter and just a week after landing a 35lb 2oz mirror he headed to a different venue and helped himself to this stunning 43lb 3oz linear.
With a spell of unseasonably mild weather accompanied with strong winds, the Bedfordshire-based Fox consultant headed to a nearby day-ticket lake which he thought would be good for a bite.
With no fish showing when he arrived he headed for a swim in the lea of the wind that offered an island and an area of deeper water to target.
It proved to be a wise move and even torrential rain throughout the duration of his session couldn’t dampen his spirits as he landed five carp including three twenties and a 32lb 3oz specimen along with the huge linear.
All of his fish were taken on scaled down snowman rigs consisting of 12mm Hartford boilies and half a pineapple Proper Job Pop Up in conjunction with a small mesh bag of salted sweetcorn.
These were mounted on size 8 SSBP hooks and 10lb Illusion XS Soft hooklink and a 12lb fluorocarbon mainline.
Cliff said: “As with all winter fishing, other than where long range is required, it is important to use a fluorocarbon main line to keep everything stealthy and out of sight.”