Orchid Lake has exploded into its now-customary post-Christmas form with a string of big carp topped by this new lake record.
The 40lb 3oz mirror, known as Daisy, is currently the biggest carp in the Oxfordshire day-ticket water and follows in the footsteps of its previous forties such as Arnie and The Italian.
Captor Carl Powell told Angling Times: “I’m still buzzing now - I’m having to pinch myself! I don’t get many free weekends to go fishing as I’m always working so I’ll probably never beat this.”
The 29-year-old painter and decorator from nearby Berinsfield fished the Top Dug Out swim with friend Simon Walls. “I lost two fish on the first night and Simon had a 23-pounder,” added Carl, “I did wonder if my chance had gone but then at 6pm on the second night I had another take. It was a proper run, where the others had been a bit finicky.
“When we saw the fish, that’s when we knew it was big and that’s when I started shaking. It tried to dive back down the marginal shelf and then left into a bay, but I managed to steer it into the net.
“We initially thought it was 35lb-plus, but every time I looked at it it seemed to get bigger!”
Carl fished into open water at 80 yards and baited with sweetcorn and Sticky Krill boilies.
Hot on Carl’s heels in the same swim, Mark Wozencroft banked a trio of thirties to 32lb 10oz, including two that had never broken the 30lb barrier before. Elsewhere on the 18-acre lake, Dale Diamon had a 35lb 4oz mirror from the Dead Dog swim and Andy Ford banked a 36lb 1oz mirror from the Boards.