41lb 14oz mirror carp from under his rod tip

Martin Pick proved that you don’t need to cast to the horizon to catch big carp when he landed this cracking 41lb 14oz mirror from virtually under his rod tip.

The Leicestershire-based Trakker consultant fished his first session in over five weeks on Wellington Country Park in Berkshire and on arrival found a group of fish in the end of a long finger arm.

A fish of 27lb graced his net that evening but the rest of the night passed without event. “I had a walk round and found some fish in a different section of the lake,” said Martin. “I moved my gear and then suffered my first loss of the year on the venue after I hooked a fish and it powered in to a set of lily pads. I was a little bit disappointed to lose one but the following morning, just as it was getting light, my other rod burst in to life and I landed the forty.”

Martin put his faith in a 15mm DT Silt Busta pop-up which was flicked to the bottom of the marginal shelf in 4ft of water over a couple of handfuls of mixed DT Baits N-Blend and Cold Water Mix 15mm frozen and readymade boilies.