Tough campaign ends with 52lb common carp

This pristine 52lb 9oz common was the culmination of a tough campaign for Dutch angler Rogier Smit.

The tackle-shop boss used a monster 25mm Solar Club Mix bottom bait over matching freebies to tempt the monster from a venue in the east of the Netherlands.

He said: “It’s a fish that I dearly wanted to catch and have put the effort in for. Now, though, my attention is fixed on a new target, a 61lb common that’s well known in Holland and is a real sought-after fish among the big-carp hunters in the country.”

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