Two high forties in social session

Darren Knight got the ultimate Christmas presents as he banked two of the UK’s finest day-ticket carp during a festive session.
Fishing at Linear St John’s, the 41-year-old caught the Big Common at 46lb 7oz and then the Big Plated at 47lb 8oz.
The two sought-after fish fell during a three-night social session with Tom Maker, who banked the lake’s Big Ghostie at 34lb 6oz.
The pair, who work together, fished the Social Bank of the Oxfordshire day-ticket water and took full advantage of mild temperatures.
Darren told Angling Times: “I’m on a bit of a good run at the moment after having three thirties in a night on here a couple of weeks ago.
“We arrived on Sunday morning, found our spots and baited with corn, maggots and a new bait from Sticky. At 10pm I had the Big Common. It was a screaming take but when I pulled into it I thought it was a bream. It didn’t really fight on the way in, but put up a bit of a struggle in the margins.”
Tom said: “Before we went to bed we jokingly said that one of us will wake the other when they land the Big Common. An hour after turning in, Darren only went and had it!”
After the capture of the Big Plated on the final night, Tom added: “Darren nudged me last night when we stood near the rods and said
‘Big Plated tonight, boy’ and winked. Well, at 3.30am he’s shaking my bivvy!”
Bristolian Darren fished at 60 yards and mounted a 12mm Sticky boilie topped with corn on helicopter rigs made with Fox components.