70lb 4oz French carp on ‘Big Fish Thursday’

‘Big Fish Thursday’ lived up to its name for Lee Hemsley, who banked this 70lb 4oz mirror carp on a trip to France.

Many Brits visiting Europe believe that the Thursday of a week-long session seems to bring the biggest fish, and so it proved for Lee at Pascale Lake in the Champagne region.

He said: “After a slow week with only a couple of fish out of the lake, Big Fish Thursday came and with it a change of weather and a steady take just before dinner.

“The fish fell to a bait I’ve been testing for the last 12 months, a critically balanced 15mm pop-up over a large bed of 6mm-18mm boilies, whole and chopped, plus a scattering of hemp.”