Sought-after common carp falls at Linch Hill

The coveted Perch Common has slipped up to Mark Bowyer at Oxfordshire’s Linch Hill complex.
Fishing on Christchurch Lake, the 30-year-old from Cheshire spotted fish showing just beyond his baited area and recast one rod to fool the 45lb 10oz common.
“What a trip it ended up being,” said the logistics support worker.
“I smashed my personal best with this fish of a lifetime! It was a great end to a dream trip.”
The 72-hour session started unpromisingly with a lost fish for Mark, while a friend of his managed to bank a fully scaled 33-pounder.
On the second day, though, Mark’s fortunes changed for the better, as he tweaked his rigs and put all three rods on an area he had baited lightly with Sticky Krill boilies.
He said: “Just as it was the last bit of light I saw some fish showing themselves just past my spots.
“So I brought a rod in, put a single pink 14mm Signature pop-up on and cast a lead to where the fish were moving. I then put a handful of Krill boilies over the top.
“At 2am the rod I had moved went off with a one-toner, and 30 to 45 minutes later, after a few hairy moments, the 45-pounder was in
the net.”
Mark’s hookbait was presented on a size 8 Korda Wide Gape hook tied to a coated hooklink.