From a hospital bed to a first UK 50lb carp

Ross Ryder bounced back from a week in hospital to score his first UK 50-pounder with the capture of this 50lb 4oz mirror carp.
The new personal best was the perfect tonic for Ross, who had four other carp including a 29lb 4oz mirror and a 28lb 2oz common.
The Dynamite Baits-backed angler said: “Once I was discharged there was only one thing on my mind, and that was getting a carp fix. I rushed home, loaded up the van and headed down to my local Ringwood syndicate.
“On arrival I noticed a close friend fishing in a peg next door to one where I’d had success previously, making this the perfect choice.
“There were fish in the area and I had the added bonus of a social with a friend to cheer me up after what had been a dreadful week.”
Ross found clear spots in the weed and baited with five litres of chilli hemp, sweetcorn, high-oil trout pellets and Source boilies. A 29lb 4oz mirror arrived the next morning before Ross stalked a 28lb 2oz common from a marginal spot later that day.
The next morning, Ross was woken by a fierce take on his right-hand rod. “With deep, heavy lunges the fish tucked itself under weedbed after weedbed and I knew this was a good one,” he said.
“After what felt like a long battle, a wide, deep-bellied mirror rolled into the net. At 50lb 4oz, it was a new personal best. While slipping her back, the same rod tore off again, this time with a stunning 25lb mirror!”
The trip was rounded off with a 20lb-plus common the following morning.
“What an enjoyable session,” said Ross.
“My first UK fifty, a new pb and some stunning memories.”