46lb common carp from Cornish reservoir

Big carp and Cornwall don’t often go hand in hand, but this stunning common is a genuine West Country giant.

The 46lb 12oz lump, known as Biggles, was caught from Boscathnoe Reservoir just outside Penzance by Newquay’s Ed Teakle.

The 31-year-old latched into the fish on the second morning of a 72-hour session.  He told Angling Times: “I knew which fish it was from the bite as I have caught it before. It was very finicky and the bobbin slowly lifted to the rod blank and stayed there. I struck into it and was met with a dead weight on the other end.

“The fight was only a few minutes long and I just gently wound him in from 50 yards out and he just plodded around.”

Ed, who also caught a fully scaled mirror during his session, heavily baited a deep silty area with sweetcorn and Shellfish Zen boilies from Buddha Baits and Urban Baits’ Nutcracker boilies.

The catch marked a new top weight for Biggles, beating Ed’s previous personal best by 4lb 8oz. HE used a multi rig made from a size 6 Deception Angling SPC hook the firm’s own rig putty.

Boscathnoe Reservoir is run by South West Lakes Trust and can be fished on day and season tickets. For more information about the four-acre venue visit www.swlakestrust.org.uk

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