The complex record at Linear Fisheries has been broken by Lyndsy Fisher with the capture of this 52lb 14oz common carp.
The Birmingham-based venue regular tempted the impressive specimen during a 48-hour session on the popular Oxfordshire day-ticket fishery’s 26-acre Oxlease Lake.
Fishing to the back of a weedbed at almost 50 yards, Lyndsy glued a ball of hemp to a maggot clip on a size 8 Korda Krank hook and a four-inch Korda N-Trap Soft hooklink and placed the whole rig inside a solid PVA bag filled with PVA-friendly hemp and maize.
She said: “I double wrapped my solid bags so they would take slightly longer to melt, then cast them two foot past the weed. Once it hit bottom I pulled it back until I could feel it touching the weed. The area was then baited with hemp, maize and chopped Solar Squid and Octopus boilies.”
Her accurate hookbait placement was soon rewarded with a fast take. “As soon as I saw it during the fight I knew exactly which fish I was attached to.
“I didn’t want to believe it was the big one, though, until I got it in the net! Once it was safely in the mesh I was buzzing!” she said.
Lyndsy is no stranger to catching big carp from the complex, her previous personal best being the highly sought-after Big Plated from neighbouring St Johns lake at 44lb 5oz.
She added: “I’d like to thank Linear Fisheries and all the bailiffs there for an amazing experience with a fish I’ll never forget.
“I’ve fished at Linear for eight years now and don’t think I would ever go anywhere else!”
Lyndsy has now become the second female angler to hold the fishery record after Avid’s Angie Lawley caught the same fish at a slightly lower weight of 52lb back in May this year.
Angie’s capture was the first time a carp from the complex had broken through the 50lb barrier.