Fortieth forty for Peck

CARP catching machine Darrell Peck has achieved a feat many anglers can only dream of – catching forty carp over the 40lb-barrier.

The landmark fish came in the form of this 50lb 8oz mirror, his first ever fifty, during a session on a southern gravel pit.

Amazingly, he also landed fish of 26lb, 39lb 8oz and 42lb 8oz during the memorable trip.
The session didn’t start brilliantly for the Korda employee when he arrived at the venue to be told that the lake’s second biggest resident had been caught in the last few days from the swim he had been focusing his attentions on.

Disappointed, but undeterred, the Essex-based rod dropped in to a different peg where he caught fish to over 40lb from recently and cast his hinged-stiff rigs out to a long-range spot at 165 yards.

The area was then baited with a scattering of a new boilie he is testing for Mainline Baits and he didn’t have to wait long for his first bite.

“After a slow and heavy fight I bundled a huge, thickset mirror in to the net,” he told Angling Times.

“When I hoisted it on to the scales I was delighted to see the needle settle on 50lb 8oz. Despite catching Two Tone at 65lb and having 38 other fish over 40lb I’ve never actually had a fifty before. I’ve come close on a couple of occasions with the Fat Lady from St Ives at over 49lb as well as Babyface from Charity Lakes in Norfolk close to the magical mark too. The catch was made extra special as this was the first time the mirror known as Single Scale has broken the 50lb barrier.”

Darrell wasn’t finished there, though, and over the next couple of days his homemade pop-up hookbaits accounted for mirrors of 26lb and 42lb 8oz along with a new lake record common of 39lb 8oz.