Just 40 hours is all it took for one Kent water to produce two fifty-pounders in the spring sunshine last week.
The Carp Lake on the Wingham syndicate boosted its growing reputation with a 50lb 11oz common and 53lb 2oz mirror.
First to bag a big one was Phil Woodcock, who caught the common at 6pm on the third evening of a four-day session that also yielded a 33lb 8oz mirror.
The 48-year-old from Wigan, Lancashire, said he was “grinning like a Cheshire cat” every time he saw the number 50 on a 50mph speed restriction on his drive home.
Phil, who has had seven 40lb mirrors from the 15-acre venue, cast a fishmeal pop-up on a size 6 hook to the base of a plateau 80 yards out.
Two days later, Andy Sopp snared a new lake record with the big mirror. The 52-year-old West Sussex rod braced it with a 29lb 12oz mirror just 40 minutes beforehand. He presented an Urban Bait Nutcracker boilie in 12ft of water 90 yards out.
“It’s a stunning fish from a stunning venue and it beats my PB by over 20lb,” said Andy.