42lb carp tops wild weekender

Work commitments kept Ross Ryder from the bank for almost two months, but he returned with a bang to land a new pb common.
This 42lb 14oz fish was the best of a six-fish weekend haul that also saw two twenties and a 30lb 5oz mirror hit the Dynamite Baits angler’s net.
Ross’s mates Ash Bailey and Richie Leat joined him on the trip, and the latter banked a pb common at 38lb.
Said Ross: “It was fair to say I was more than happy with my captures and blown away to have spent such a great weekend with a couple of great pals who also banked fish over 30lb.”
Ross set up in his favourite swim with depths down to 16ft on his southern syndicate water, buffeted by south-westerly winds.
His first fish was a 27lb 12oz mirror in darkness, before the big common arrived mid-morning.
“Hitting into it I felt some weight and it plodded slowly down in the depths,” said Ross. “I was certain I was into a good one – that, or some weed was caught on my line.
“Once in close, the fish charged down the right-hand margin towards some snags. I was sure it was only a matter of time before she dropped in there and did me. Keeping the tip low, I managed to turn her head and pump her to safety away from the snags, but she still didn’t give up.
“After another few minutes a deep-bellied common rose and appeared ready for the net. She was in and looking massive, and I was jumping for joy.”
Ross fed maggots and Amino Black groundbait in PVA bags and fished maggot hookbaits.