“THE biggest common carp I’ve ever laid eyes on.” These were the words of John Russell describing the capture of a new lake record from Oxlease on the Linear complex.
The Somerset rod caught the new personal best at 43lb 4oz, just four hours into his first visit at the water.
Josh’s success came after spotting showing fish on the popular Oxfordshire day-ticket venue.
He said: “Because it was busy I decided to fish a swim on the car park side where I saw a few carp crash out in the middle of the lake.
“I had a quick flick around with the marker rod and decided to fish a silty area about 60yds out with particles. As I was spodding out I spotted a few more fish crash out to my right near the middle of the lake so I quickly set up my rod and cast out towards the showing fish.
“Four hours later my bobbin on the right-hand rod lifted slowly to the top and the line went tight so I hit the rod and after a nervous but exciting fight I slipped the net under the biggest common carp I have ever laid eyes on.”
Josh fished a trimmed-down 20mm Nash Scopex and Peach boilie with a piece of white fake corn on a six-inch combi rig.