This imposing common has set a new complex record at Stanwick Lakes.
Weighing in at 45lb 7oz, ‘The Colonel’ is the largest resident at the well-established six-lake fishery in Northamptonshire.
Captor Trevor Gurney caught the specimen 30 hours into a 48-hour session that also featured a 9lb tench and an 11lb bream.
He said: “I was in an area where I had seen fish on a previous session and I didn’t put a great deal of bait out. I went a bit ‘old school’ and went for Mainline Activ-8 as I wanted something a bit darker to avoid the attentions of the coots.
“I put two mini Spombs of boilies out and fished a bottom bait with a four-bait stringer.”
The 43-year-old Northants angler added: “It was a cracking take and it tore off. I had quite a clear suspicion which fish it was because it has a habit of thrashing about on the surface, and that’s what it did, but I didn’t know for sure until I came to lift it in the net and it didn’t all fit in!
“I’ve been lucky enough to have this fish twice before but this is its heaviest ever weight so it was quite a result.”
Trevor presented his hookbait on a KD rig made with Fox Coretex and an ESP Raptor hook.