HIGH profile carp angler Iain ‘Ting Tong’ Macmillan has joined the prestigious fifties club with the capture of this 52lb 6oz mirror from Wellington Country Park in Berkshire.
The impressive specimen known as the Turtle has topped a memorable spring for the Stoke-on-Trent-based ACE, Shimano and Dynamite Baits consultant which has seen him land no less than 17 thirties and four forties from several different venues.
His latest fish came after his third swim change in 72 hours in a bid to keep on top of the carp and after already banking fish of 35lb, 34lb and 24lb.
“I’d seen fish showing fairly close in so I just flicked out single Dynamite Baits Tiger Nut pop-ups to a spot at about 20yds range,” the 42-year-old told Angling Times. “I had a take after just five minutes, and even though I’d seen the Turtle in the area, it’s such a rare visitor to the bank that I never thought that I was attached to it. Once I waded out and netted it, though, I recognised it straight away. I’d like to thank RAF Glenn, Ritchie Rich and George Benos who came straight round to help with the photos.
“The catch was made extra special as it was my final session on the venue – I literally couldn’t have made up a more perfect way to end my time on such a special water.”
Iain offered his hookbaits on rigs tied with size 5 ACE Razor Point Chod hooks and 25lb ACE Riga-Mortis hooklinks.