Big fish all-rounder Ted Bryan took a break from targeting eels and landed this 42lb 2oz mirror from a southern stillwater.
The carp is the Syndenham-based Nash-backed rod’s twenty fifth English forty and was taken from a clear spot at around 50 yards range where he’d seen a good fish crash out shortly after arriving.
“There was a lot of fish showing during the night but I didn’t have any luck,” Ted told Angling Times. “The morning came and went without so much as a bleep, but there was still the odd fish showing. I finally received a fast take and the fish took at least 80 yards of line on its original run. After 20 minutes it locked me up solid in the weed along the marginal shelf.
“Thankfully my old mate Darren Belton was on the other side of the lake and he came round and waded out to free the fish. After a while we got it moving again and I was delighted to eventually slip a large mirror in the net.”
Ted offered 15mm Nash Amber Strawberry pop-up hookbaits over 100 freebies on 20lb Missing Link hooklinks and size 8 Nash Fang X hooks.