One of the largest day-ticket carp in the country fell to Gary Denniss during just his second session on Swan Lake at the Bluebell complex in Northamptonshire.
The 49lb 12oz mirror, known as Dave, was the Lincolnshire angler’s first bite on the 12-acre water, having previously concentrated his efforts on neighbouring Kingfisher.
The 43-year-old landscape gardener told Angling Times: “It was just unbelievable. I keep looking at the pics thinking ‘that lad’s caught Dave’, and it’s me!
“When these extra-special fish come along and you’ve got them secured in your net, the relief is immense.”
Gary, who also had a 27lb 8oz mirror during his three-night stay, baited up with about 1kg of boilies over his four rods and fished over light weed.
“At 2pm I saw a very subtle show over my bait, and then another about three minutes later. With that, the right-hand rod tightened up slowly and the fish came in from 60 yards really easily.
“It didn’t give me any idea it would be that big until it rolled in the margins, at which point I thought it was either Dave or the Z Fish. My fishing partner Jason told me to take my time and 15 minutes later it was in the net.
“Someone said they were gutted for me that it wasn’t over 50lb, but I couldn’t care less – the weight really doesn’t matter.”
Gary used Red Ball Plum boilies from 110% Baits and caught Dave on a hinged stiff rig made with a size 8 Korda Choddy hook, 20lb Mouthtrap and 20lb Fox Coretex.