First-Ever Fish Weighs 18lb

FIVE-year-old Eden French was given the best possible start to her angling career after she netted this impressive 18lb common carp on her first-ever session.


The schoolgirl took the huge fish while targeting silverfish on a private lake at British Gypsum, near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, with basic float tactics, a battered 20-year-old rod, 2.5lb mainline and a size 22 hook baited with luncheon meat.


Eden’s dad, Thomas, reckons the big catch will see his daughter hooked for life: “She has been bitten by the bug and can’t wait to go again. At five-years-old with an 18lb personal best, the future can only be bright for her!”