Biggest carp of the year caught at 53lb 8oz

The biggest carp of the year so far has been caught by Richard Griffiths in the form of this 53lb 8oz lake record mirror from RH Fisheries’ The Avenue in Shropshire.

It was the biggest of a trio of fish landed in a manic couple of hours, all of which were taken by the 33-year-old Shimano Normark product developer on a simple fluorocarbon popped-up maggot rig.

Targeting a clear spot at the end of a gravel bar, he baited the feature with a mixture of dead and live maggots and a bit of maize.

Following a quiet night he landed a 28lb 12oz mirror the next morning, quickly followed by a 30lb 4oz mirror. He then lost his next bite but an hour after putting out three more Spombs of bait he received a fourth take from what was obviously a very heavy fish.

He said: “As it got closer in I recognised it as the biggest fish in the lake, which made the remaining 15 minutes of the fight extremely nerve wracking.”

Richard’s successful rig consisted of a 16lb Grand Max fluorocarbon hooklink attached to a size 6 Fox S3 hook.

For the full details on Richard’s capture pick up a copy of Angling Times on sale March 6.