Wes Coggeshall rounded off an incredible 2014 with a new personal best in the shape of this magnificent 50lb 2oz common.
Having banked seven forties from a Kent Park Lake this year, the 33-year-old headed off to Medway Valley Fisheries in search of a winter whacker. Having caught three fish on his first visit in September, Wes endured 18 blank nights before getting back on the fish with a bang.
The Bromley rod, who has been fishing 12-hour overnighters, told Angling Times: “I got down there on Thursday after dark, having previously seen fish showing over an area I’d caught from before.
“That night I had a 29lb 10oz mirror and I left for work at 6am and went back to the lake in the evening. At around 8pm I had a 25lb 4oz mirror then lost one. At around 4am the rod I put back out was off again and started to take line.
“Once it had 15 yards out it hit the surface, like pike do, and came straight to the net. My mate Porky was fishing next door and he asked if everything was ok. I said, ‘No, I’ve got a big common and it’s not going in the net!’.”
The pair managed to bank the fish and set up a weighing staff. “Porky was facing the scales,” said Wes, “and when he said 50lb I thought he was winding me up, but he wasn’t! The scales sat on 50lb 2oz and I was over the moon.”
The fish fell to prototype Sticky boilies fished snowman style on a 6ins length of G-Force Blackout and a size 7 G-Force hook.