Two fish for more than 98lb saw Darren Belton’s run of form at Wellington Country Park continue in stunning fashion.
The Greys-backed angler caught a new pb at 51lb 12oz and banked a 46lb 12oz mirror in the same session at the exclusive Berkshire syndicate water. The fish came from the same spot where Darren snared a 45lb ghost carp just weeks earlier.
He said: “I arrived at the lake at Sunday lunchtime and soon had 3kg of Mainline Hybrid boilies Spombed to the spot, followed by my usual Hybrid and micro-pop-up snowman rig, one rod either side of the freebies.
“The first night passed without event, and after a few hours wandering around, I decided to stay put, topped up the spot, then rested the swim until early evening. At about 5am the next morning a blistering take resulted in a stunning 46lb 12oz mirror. I was already buzzing but the best was still to come.
“Mid-morning I repeated the previous day’s activity and recast the hookbaits at 5pm. Six hours later a funny take had me in my waders and as it flat-rodded me and stripped 50 yards of line from my spool in the process I realised this was a special fish.
“Twice more it went on huge, powerful runs and when it finally went in the net my legs were like jelly. I flicked on the head torch and peered in to be met by the big common, and it looked huge! As we hoisted her up on the scales I knew all my dreams had come true. It still hasn’t sunk in!”