Margin caught 40lb common

Robert Kinge proved you don’t need to fish at range to catch big carp when he landed this personal best 40lb common carp from the margins of Kevin Nash’s Church Pool in Essex.

The 24-year-old manager of Hampshire Tackle found a small clear area close in which he baited with a light scattering of whole and chopped boilies and hemp.

Over the top of this he offered a snowman presentation consisting of a 15mm Nash Monster Squid bottom bait tipped with a 10mm black pop-up.

“All the fish I’d seen show had been in front of the anglers on the opposite side of the lake,” he told Angling Times. “Then out of the blue I received a take and after a slow, plodding fight I netted a huge common which smashed my old pb of 33lb.”

Rob also landed a 26lb 10oz common using a size 7 Nash Fang X barbless hook tied KD style to an ESP Camo Sink hooklink and a 2oz inline drop-off lead.