EDWARD Matthews caught his first ever UK forty in the form of this cracking 41lb mirror off the surface of Acton Burnell Top Lake in Shropshire.
The 32-year-old Korum consultant arrived at the venue late in the afternoon to find six other anglers on, and after a brisk walk round he found a group of fish cruising along the bank which was receiving the least pressure.
“I spodded out some Sonubaits Oily Floaters up wind of the fish and waited for a response,” Ed told Angling Times. “They weren’t too interested and only took the odd one when the breeze died down. I persevered and continued to spod out mixers but the reaction was the same as before.
“With my rod set up and the wind dying down again I could make out a fish bow-waving from left to right across the swim about 50yds out so I cast well beyond the fish and reeled my controller back until my hookbait was on the same line the fish was swimming.”
With a huge eruption of the water the carp took his hookbait straight away and powered off on a 70 yard run.
“I had to apply plenty of pressure to avoid a snag in the lake. Thankfully my tackle held strong and I managed to turn the fish which then plodded around. Luckily she went in the net on the first attempt and on the scales she went 41lb exactly – beating my UK pb by 3lb and my surface caught best by 7lb.”
Ed’s successful floater rig consisted of a Sonubaits Oily Floater hair-rigged to a size 8 Korum Specialised hook and 11lb Xpert line.