This impressive common had evaded capture for over a year until Simon Bloys recently caught it at a weight of 44lb 3oz from a low-stock Northants syndicate water.
After spotting signs of fish activity at 40yds range, the local 48-year-old general manager introduced around 20 CC Moore N-Gage XP boilies and then cast matching pop-up hookbaits on chod rigs over the top.
“The take came the next morning and even though I was fishing with a tight clutch the fish was stripping line with ease,” he said. “It took me through numerous weedbeds but after nearly half an hour I gained the upper hand and guided it in to the net.”
Simon tied his rigs with Korda Mouthtrap and Kaptor Choddy hooks.