The Friendly Common banked at 34lb

Historic Conningbrook provided Ian Warner with one of its sought-after residents in the shape of this 34lb common.

The tricky Kent water, once home to the current British record, produced the fish, known as the Friendly Common, over the May Day bank holiday.

Ian said: “Having fished the swim a few times I decided to fish one rod long in the direction of the channel into the older section of the lake at 90 yards, off the old road in the silt, and the other two rods on gravels spots I'd fished before.

“I put out four mini Spombs of crushed and halved Denham Baits’ Element boilies over my usual 14mm snowman presentation. At 6am the following morning I had a slow take on the long rod and after a short battle I landed the Friendly Common, which went 34lb exactly. It’s one of the A-Team and I was well chuffed with my third Conningbrook carp of the spring!”

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