You know you’re on form when you bank three different 50 carp in three consecutive sessions.
Incredibly, that’s exactly what Kris Ollington has managed at Berkshire’s Wellington Country Park in recent weeks.
“It’s been a bit of a golden spell,” said the 33-year-old. “It’s a dream to catch a fish over 50lb, but to catch three in three sessions is just bizarre.”
The Surrey electrician’s tally included two mirrors, at 53lb 12oz and 53lb, plus the Chestnut Common at exactly 52lb.
“A 50lb common is something I’ve been after forever, at home or abroad. I thought I might have had half a chance in France, but for my first one to be in this country makes it even more special.
“The Chestnut Common is a real rare one for the venue, it’s a once-a-year job at best.”
All three fish have come from the same spot in the same swim in an area of the venue known as the Little Lake.
Kris added: “It’s an area that’s known to do a few fish but not huge ones by Welly standards, but I’ve had the three fifties, a 35-pounder and a 38.”
Kris, who banked a 51lb 4oz mirror from the venue late last year, baited lightly with Mainline Activ-8 boilies and used 14ins blowback rigs made with Gardner Ultra Skin and size 4 Fox Arma Point hooks.