41lb 8oz common carp from historic Fox Pool

Derek Mallows declared himself ‘over the moon’ after bagging this 40-pounder the historic Fox Pool at Longfield Fishery.

The big common, which smashed Derek’s personal best, weighed 41lb 8oz and was his first fish from the water.

“The run came at 4am on Wednesday, September 10, and was my first carp from the lake,” said Derek. “To say I was over the moon would be an understatement. The fish weighed 41lb 8oz and is by far a new personal-best common for me.”

He added: “The fish was hooked at 80 yards on a smooth hard area which I had baited with 2kg of Richworth’s S-Core boilies in 18mm and 14mm sizes. The common was caught on a snowman rig made up of a size 8 Korda Kaptor Kurv Shank hook, 25lb Kryston Merlin hooklink and 17lb X Line mainline.”

Fox Pool was well known in the emerging carp scene of the 1960s onwards and was immortalised in Rob Maylin’s classic book of the same name. Following the collapse of the Cemex Angling empire, the venue has been under new ownership since 2012.

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