Ladywood Lakes' first forty

Police Ladetective Mike Parris apprehended one of Yorkshire’s most wanted in the shape of Ladywood Lakes’ first 40-pounder.

The local copper caught Lady Kamara from the West Yorkshire venue’s specimen lake at a top weight of 40lb 2oz during a 12-hour day session with his 11-year-old daughter.

Mike, from nearby Mirfield, took a total of seven carp from a windward bay between 6am and 6pm.

He told Angling Times: “I was in a back bay – peg seven, I think – because there was a strong westerly wind that had been blowing in there for a couple of days.

“I had four carp, all between 10lb and 14lb, before my left-hand rod, which was cast about 30 yards to a slightly deeper area, was picked up at about 11.30am. I struck into it and knew it was a better fish as it just carried on going.

“Eventually I got it in and my 11-year-old daughter Emily helped me net it. I knew instantly it was Lady Kamara and I thought it was a good 30 as it had previously come out at around 35lb.

“When we settled on 40lb 2oz I was elated to say the least.”

Mike deliberately kept free offerings to a minimum and fished small PVA bags of the fishery’s own halibut pellets together with Essex Premium Baits’ Milky Toffee pop-ups on size eight Korda Kurv Shank hooks.