48lb 15oz mirror carp caught from Horton Church Lake

Steve Bliss can add one of the most iconic backdrops in carp fishing to his photo album after banking this 48lb 15oz mirror at Horton Church Lake.

The fish, seen here in front of the Berkshire venue’s eponymous building, fell along with a 30lb common during a two-night session.

The 64-year-old from Cirencester in Gloucestershire told Angling Times: “I’ve been fishing all my life and it’s doesn’t get much better than this.”

Steve added: “I joined the syndicate this year and have six fish out so far. This fish, known as Fingers, is a new UK personal best for me and is currently the biggest one in the lake.

“I had been baiting a spot for five or six weeks and when I arrived I could see bubbling over the area. On the first morning I had a 30lb common, which was a beautiful fish, and then at almost exactly the same time the following morning I had the big one.

“It was a screaming take but the fish went straight into a weed bed. With steady pressure I managed to bring everything towards me. After a protracted battle with weed bed and fish I managed to get it in the edge and eventually bundle it into the net.”

Steve baited lightly with hemp and CC Moore Odyssey XXX boilies.

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