One of the year’s biggest carp has been banked at a colossal 54lb.
The huge specimen, known as ‘Bill the Big Common’ was taken by Shrewsbury-based angler Dave Haughton and came from Acton Burnell’s bottom lake.
The 39-year-old architect was legering a Sonu Baits Tuna Wrap and a bag of chops tight to a dead weedbed during his latest fortnightly 48hr session when he hooked the new personal best.
The gigantic common beat his previous best set by his capture of ‘The Italian’ last year at 51lb.
“I’ve been after the common for years but when you’re fishing a tough venue for only 20 or so fish then it can be tough. When I saw its back break the surface 15 yards from the net and I recognised which fish I’d hooked my legs went to jelly,” admitted Dave.
*See the pictures of the superb common in next week’s Angling Times.