32lb common is best of four on borrowed kit

When Neil Richards’ tackle was stolen from his home in a burglary, he could have been forgiven for not having the enthusiasm to get out on the bank for a while.

But on the insistence of his wife the Marlow, Buckinghamshire, angler borrowed his son-in-law’s gear and headed to Oxfordshire’s Orchid Lake. The effort was rewarded with a four-fish haul topped by this 32lb 14oz common from the Drum swim.

“It was all down to the missus who encouraged me to get out there, and I’m glad I did as it’s not every day a 30lb common comes along,” said the 53-year-old police recovery driver.

Fishing a naked chod set up in a silt channel at 92 yards, Neil also took mirrors of 19lb, 21lb and 23lb during his 72-hour stay.

He said: “I had two fish on the first night but the common didn’t come along until about 90 minutes before I was due to pack up. It was a typical ‘choddy’ take, but once it realised it was hooked it certainly woke up!”

Neil used Fox terminal tackle and set his chod rig 2ft above the lead in deep silt. He fed 3kg of hemp and corn, and 1kg of Richworth S-Core boilies.