Norfolk record common carp landed at 50lb 4oz

One of the biggest common carp in the country has been landed by Gary Lewis in the form of this scale perfect 50lb 4oz specimen from Spitfire Pool on the Airfield Lakes complex in Norfolk.

The Coventry-based Nutrabaits consultant made a 300 mile roundtrip to bait up a few spots on the intimate 1.5-acre venue a couple of days before his actual session. And his efforts were rewarded less than 24 hours in to his trip when his critically-balanced boilie hookbait placed over a handful of chopped boilies and hemp was picked up by the lake’s biggest resident.

“The take came out of the blue and the fish headed straight for a set of lily pads to one side of the swim,” he told AT. “I kept the pressure on, steered it away from the hazard and after just a couple of minutes it was in the net. I knew it was a common so I quickly looked into the mesh to check for the distinctive white tips on the tail. I’ve been after a big common for years and in my opinion this one is the best around,” he added.

It is only the third time which the immaculate specimen known as The Wood Common has been landed and it the first ever 50lb-plus common to be caught from the county. 

The 37-year-old has now become the only angler in the UK who can boast of catching a mirror, leather and common carp over 50lb, after previously banking the famous Heather the Leather from the Yateley Car Park Lake at 53lb 4oz and The Fat Lady from St Ives Lagoon in Cambridgeshire at 56lb.

Fishery owner, Rich Wilby, was delighted to see his prized fish break the magical 50lb barrier: “I’m so pleased she has been out and she looked amazing on the bank. It’s Norfolk’s first ever 50lb common and I’m proud to have created a lake over the last 20 years which has allowed a fish like that to reach its potential.”

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