Karl Pitcher watched in awe as this 50lb 4oz mirror carp muscled through the weed and dropped on to his hookbait during a session which yielded two fish for nearly 90lb.
The Fox and CC Moore-backed angler made the most of a 48-hour session at his Cambridgeshire syndicate water to land the fifty known as Harris before catching a 37-pounder known as Flat Head.
Having cast into holes in the weed, Karl sat back and was able to observe the key moments before his first bite. He said: “From the corner of my eye I could see a huge set of shoulders moving from left to right. It moved through the weed towards the hole I was fishing in, then I saw the shoulders disappear. In seconds my middle rod hooped over and I was in. The fish must have made a beeline for the fluoro pop-up!
“The carp weeded me, but I kept steady pressure on the rod, the fish kicked free and was soon in my net. The owner arrived and confirmed it was the king of the pond, a fish called Harris.
“We got the sling zeroed, slipped Harris inside and were l surprised when the scales went round to 50lb 4oz, a new personal best and my first UK 50lb-plus carp.”
Karl added: “Watching the fish disappear and take my hookbait made the capture very special!”
The session was rounded off the following morning with the capture of Flat Head at 37lb.
“What an end to an already brilliant trip,” said Karl, who presented pink CC Moore Live System pop-ups on hinged rigs surrounded by matching freebies.