Kris Garrett has landed his target fish in the form of this stunning 47lb 5oz common from an Essex club water.
Braving torrential rain the local rod did a quick lap of the lake on arrival, but unable to see any signs of the carp he dropped in to a swim where he’d done a quick overnighter a few days earlier and put out 5kg of DT Baits Supa Fruit boilies.
At 5am a slow and steady take resulted in a 21lb common which brought an end to a nine night run of blanks on the tricky water.
“The wind then switched direction and my swim looked dead,” he told Angling Times. “I went for a walk and found a few fish showing in the teeth of the fresh wind so decided a change of swim was on the cards.”
Two single hookbaits were flicked out where he’d seen the fish and he received a single bleep on his right-hand rod almost straight away. “I looked at the spot and saw an eruption of bubbles hit the surface. I thought I’d been done but as I was setting my brolly up I had another bleep and the bobbin lifted half an inch.
Convinced a bream had just hung itself, I picked the rod up and put 20 turns on the handle before making contact with a fish that most certainly wasn’t a bream. After a typical big fish fight, including long, deep and powerful runs, I slipped the net under my dream fish. I have been targeting this common for little over a year and in that time I’ve banked a total of 51 carp from the venue. Bearing in mind the estimated stock is between 50 and 60 fish I certainly went through my fair share to get to my target.”
Kris beat his prize with a 20lb Fox Light Camo Camotex hooklink knotless knotted to a size 6 Arma Point SSBP hook fished helicopter style on a 30lb Gravel Submerge leader.