36lb 10oz carp as captor defies a roaring gale

The vibrant hue of this chunky ghostie warmed Craig Cossey during a cold and windy session.
The 25-year-old concrete manufacturer fished for 24 hours at a Suffolk syndicate venue and braced the 36lb 10oz ornamental with a 21lb 8oz mirror.
“As soon as it rolled into the net I knew this was the carp I’d been waiting for,” said the Norfolk angler, who arrived at the venue after work.
“I got both rods out on my spots and, after seeing fish over one of them, I began trickling baits in and around the area. Eventually I got a good wide spread of bait out and settled down for the night.
“Temperatures dropped to 2ºC and the wind was blowing extremely hard towards my end of the lake. It actually blew my Carp Porter over!”
After a biteless evening, Craig saw a big fish show itself over his right-hand rod at about 8.30am. He said: “Thirty minutes later I had a take and it was from a 21lb 8oz mirror – a nice fish but not the lump that I saw.
“I got my rod back on the spot again and within 45 minutes I had another take and this was the one I wanted – a new personal best.”
Craig fished to a small gravel spot and baited with about 3kg of Mainline Cell boilies.
He used helicopter rigs with long hooklinks made with E-S-P Ghost and size 6 Fox Arma Point hooks.