A venue record 46lb carp in the margins

Marginal features are often regarded as warm-weather spots, but Martin Laitt proved that you shouldn’t neglect them during the colder weather when he banked this personal-best, venue record 46lb 13oz common from Catch 22’s Syndicate Lake in Norfolk.

After seeing a fish roll close to an overhanging tree during the night, the 37-year-old cast to the spot the following morning and baited it with 100 freebies. He then had to brave wet and windy conditions until evening when he received the all-important bite.

“The fight was fairly unremarkable and I had the fish in the net within five minutes,” Martin told Angling Times.

“I hadn’t seen the carp while playing it, and it was only when I went to unhook it in the net that I realised what I’d caught. To say I was gobsmacked by the sheer size of it was an understatement. At this time of year I’m happy just to get a bite, but to catch a 40lb-plus common and break my pb is something I could only dream about,” he added.

The Wisbech, Cambridgeshire-based self-employed nurseryman fooled his prize with a 14mm Mainline Cell bottom bait mounted on a size 8 Korda Kurv Shank hook and a 6ins Atomic Jel-E-Wyre hooklink.