50lb common carp from Bluebell Lakes

Bluebell Lakes’ reputation as a big-fish venue continues to rise after the day-ticket complex produced this 50lb 12oz common.

The fish, which has packed on an incredible 10lb since its last capture in four months ago, fell to Jared Ferguson during a 72-hour session which also produced a 34lb mirror and two twenties.

The Essex angler, who has caught on all five of his visits to Swan Lake at the Northamptonshire complex this year, said: “It’s my new British personal best and in, terms of my fishing in this country, it was an excellent session. I didn’t realise how big the common was until I looked in the net and then I was all smiles.”

Jared fished 10mm Mainline Hybrid boilies on hinged stiff rigs and baited with an initial 3kg of matching freebies, sweetcorn and hemp.

He said: “I arrived on Sunday and found a swim in the middle of the lake as I know Kev Hewitt has had some success this year from that area.

“Within two hours I’d had the mid-thirty mirror, followed by a couple twenties, before the common arrived at about 7pm. It was a slow and steady take and a fairly uneventful fight. It weeded me up a little and I lost my lead, but it didn’t cause me any problems until it got tangled in another of my lines in the margins.”

That was the last of the carp action for the 46-year-old landscape gardener, who went on to catch a succession of tench to 9lb.

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