Kent 39lb carp highlight of three-night stay

The ever-consistent Ted Bryan kept his cool in soaring temperatures to bank four twenties and this 39lb mirror carp.
The South Londoner, who was targeting a Kent stillwater, said: “It was a scorcher and all the fish were on the top so I knew the only chance I would have would be in the really early hours, so I got my traps set and waited for it to cool down.”
The first night of Ted’s three-night stay produced a 20lb common at 2am, but everything went quiet until after dark the following day.
“The next night I put all three rods at the bottom of the marginal shelf and baited up with 1kg of Nash TG Active boilies, and once again I waited for it to cool down,” he said.
“At 2.30am I had a take that pulled my rod out of its rest! The fish took at least 60 yards of line before
I could stop it and when I finally gained the line back, it took it all back again. And again! When I finally got it in the net and weighed it, it went 39lb – and it was a beauty.”
A 24-pounder followed two hours later and the last night produced fish of 27lb and 28lb. “All in all, I had a very good trip,” said Ted, who used 3oz inline leads and rigs made with 20lb Nash Missing Link and size 8 Nash Fang X hooks.