42lb common for the Urban Myth

TERRY Dempsey has bagged yet another 40 to add to his enviable list.

The once-secretive Essex carper, who has caught some of Britain’s most-wanted fish, has had 14 takes in nine nights at Kent’s Wingham syndicate, landing six 30s and this 42lb 8oz common.

The fish came on the first night of a two-night session at the venue’s smaller Carp Lake.

Terry told Angling Times: “I had a take at 1am and was playing a decent fish for about 30 minutes but I just couldn’t get it over the steep gravel bars, which are covered in onion weed, and I eventually lost it.

“Because I was fishing a small gully at 110 yards I waited until first light to recast so I could get it accurately positioned, and at 6.30am I had another take. Again it was a struggle to get it over the bars, but the rods I’m using really helped.

“I always knew it was a decent fish because they tend to hug the bottom in there, and when I got it in it was an absolute stonker.”

Terry used one of his own Urban Baits’ Nutcracker corkball pop-ups over about 2kg of 22mm freebies. His setup also featured Century FMA rods and 30lb Kryston Jackal hooklinks.