An icy-cold session at an East Midlands lake yielded three twenties, a thirty and this 40-pounder for Nick Burrage.
The Shropshire angler had to break a layer of ice at the beginning of his three-night session but came away with an impressive hit of fish.
Having banked a 22lb 14oz common and mirrors of 21lb 7oz, 21lb 9oz and 33lb 5oz, Nick landed a 40lb 10oz mirror on the final morning.
He said: “The last planned morning of the session rolled in and then ‘beep, beep, beep’! After 30 seconds of wondering whether it was a liner or a bite, a very small lift of the bobbin soon had me lifting the rod. As soon as the weight was felt the carp swam at me and then kept going left!
“By now I had a serious bend in the rod and started to make ground, but a turn of her head saw her again in the driving seat.”
As Nick turned the battle in his favour, one of his other rods roared off. “By the time I’d picked the other rod up the other fish was long gone,” said Nick, “but I can only do one at a time! Taking a moment I still couldn’t believe what I was looking at, now winter carp don’t get much better than this! After a ride on the scales she rolled the needle round to 40lb 10oz. A beautiful winter mirror.”
Nick used supple braided rigs made with 20lb Gardner Trickster and size 6 Wide Gape Talon Tip hooks. He fished Nutrabaits Trigga Ice boilies snowman-style.