Five carp to 33lb at Monk's Pit

Seven takes resulted in five fish for Stephen Alford on just his third visit to the well-known Monk’s Pit syndicate.

The Yarm, North Yorkshire, angler travelled to the Cambridgeshire water and focussed his attention on the deeper water.

The DNA Baits-backed rod explained: “I made my way to the far end of the east bank and set up. I chose to concentrate on deeper water due to how cold the water is, and with all but my left rod out I saw a small carp show to my right margin at 70 yards.

“I couldn't ignore this sign so altered my rods slightly and put my last rod on the spot where the fish showed, and watched as again another small carp rolled over that spot. My first run of the session saw me net a welcome 11lb 2oz mirror, and with it still in the net I turned to hear another rod scream off – this time with a bigger 28lb 10oz mirror carp. It was my second chance this year to photograph a brace of carp on the bank together.”

While relaxing with a celebratory cup of tea, Stephen received a third take and a 29lb mirror succumbed to the net.

He added: “Later on, a single bleep saw me steadily lift into another carp which turned out to be my biggest of the session at 33lb 6oz.”

After losing two fish in heavy fog, Stephen captured a beautiful fully scaled mirror of 14lb 12oz the following morning. ‘Alfy’ used 10mm DNA Baits Pink Peril pop-ups tipped with maggots and loosefed maggots and S7 stick mix and micro pellets.