Jerry Hammond capitalised on the mild winter conditions to land this 39lb 8oz linear from his own Carthagena Lake.
The Hertfordshire-based fishery owner and Trakker consultant managed to find a couple of showing fish and cast out two chod rigs followed by four handfuls of Mad Baits Wicked Whites boilies over a silty area in 11ft of water.
“During the night the wind was like a hurricane, but by first light all was calm and quiet,” he told Angling Times. “I started to notice a few bubbles hitting the surface over my right hand rod. My friend was in the swim next door so I went to see how he had got on, and from his peg I could see the bubbles were increasing.
“A fish rolled between us and then we heard one of my Neville alarms sound. Just as I walked back into my swim the bobbin pulled up tight and my tip was pulled round. I was into a December carp!”
After carefully playing the fish all the way to the bank his mate successfully netted it on the first attempt.
“As soon as I saw the fish and the row of scales all the way along its flank I knew I’d caught the lake’s Big Linear. It’s a rare visitor to the bank so was the perfect way to end the year,” added Jerry, who beat his prize with a Rig Marole CamH20 hooklink.