48lb 9oz Milton Abbas common carp slips up on a full moon

Twenty years after his first Dorset forty, Dave Jones repeated the trick with the capture of this Milton Abbas carp.
The 48lb 9oz common gave the self-employed carpenter a new British personal best, and fell during a father-and-son session that also produced mirrors of 27lb and 31lb.
Dave, who caught the famous large common called Herman from Warmwell in 1995, told Angling Times: “The big common came on the final morning of a three-night stay. As I fought it, my 16-year-old son Ryan and I saw it roll in the light from our head torches and I initially thought it was a mirror. But then as it rolled closer I saw the scales, and they kept on coming – that’s when the adrenaline kicked in and my knees dropped. It was awesome!”
The 47-year-old from Totton, Hampshire, added: “I’ve been a member of the syndicate since it started, but this is my best session on there.
“It was a full moon, so a few of the lads were saying the big common would be caught, but I’d never caught a common on a full moon in 30 years of fishing – I guess I can’t say that any more!”
Dave presented a snowman rig featuring a CC Moore Odyssey XXX bottom bait and Northern Special pop-up over 3kg of pellets and boilies.
He fished to a hard area among weed about 35 yards out.