Showing off one of the largest carp in the country in crisp sunshine, this image of Chris Hellyar is a picture of early spring.
The fish, known as The Gurm, weighed 52lb 8oz and came from the Main Lake at Essex’s Fryerning Fisheries during a 24-hour session in last week’s bright conditions.
Basildon rod Chris saw a single fish show close to a snag in the Box swim and cast a single TG Tandoori Garlic pop-up to it. An hour and half later he was rewarded with the biggest fish in the lake.
The 27-year-old BT engineer presented his bait on a hinged stiff rig incorporating 20lb Korda Mouth Trap and an Atomic Chodda hook.