46lb common tops trio from low-stock park lake

46lb common tops trio from low-stock park lake

Ben Wales said “the stars aligned” as he plundered three stunners from an eight-acre park lake containing just 15 carp.

Top of the bill was this lake-record 46lb 10oz common, backed up by mirrors of 31lb 7oz and 29lb 12oz.

A new lake record at a venue containing just 15 carp

A new lake record at a venue containing just 15 carp

The Trakker product developer caught all three during a 40-hour session on the Lincolnshire venue.

He told Carpfeed: “It only holds 15 carp so it’s not normally easy fishing, but the stars aligned for me last week when I landed three of the lake’s inhabitants.

“The highlight being the lake’s largest resident at a personal-best 46lb 10oz, setting a new Lake record in the process.”

The stars aligned for Ben with this 46lb 10oz beaut

The stars aligned for Ben with this 46lb 10oz beaut

The former Carp-Talk writer arrived late on Friday evening and set up on the back of the wind in a swim he had heavily pre-baited two days earlier.

He said: “It was a struggle to get the baits exactly as I wanted them before dark, but by dusk I was content I’d done all I could and set back rubbing my hands.

“Everything looked right and I even messaged my partner saying I felt close to catching one of the big two.”

Ben’s first bite came at 9am, surprisingly away from an area where he had seen morning activity.

“Picking up the 10ft rod it was clear this was a good fish and it was stuck solid in the thick weed.

“Donning the lifejacket I jumped in the boat and with the wind on my back I was soon over the fish.

“With the change in line angle it easily came free, popping up to the surface, and that’s when I first saw what I was attached to – the Big Common.

“No sooner had the fish come free I was 10 yards, then 20 and 30 yards, past the spot!

“The wind was savage and pushed me with ease. At this point the only thing holding me back was the fish, which continued to power across the surface, regularly sending up big waves of spray that were whipped up by the wind.

“Eventually the huge carp began to tire, and with the boat pointing into the wind and the landing net submerged, the fish was easily engulfed in the waiting mesh.”

The 38-year-old added: “It was a privilege to catch such a special fish, but my good fortune was not to end there as I went on to catch another two of the lake’s gems.

“The first came later that same afternoon, the lake’s friendliest resident, Little Scaly, weighing in at 29lb 12oz and the following morning one of the lake’s rarest visitors, Lucky, at 31lb 7oz.

Lucky at 31lb 7oz

Lucky at 31lb 7oz

“All in all, a truly remarkable weekend I’ll never forget.”

Ben used 10kg of Sticky’s yet-to-be-released Krill Active boilies and fished snowman rigs topped with pink 14mm Signature pop-ups on blowback rigs tied with Korda bits.

Little Scaly at 29lb 12oz

Little Scaly at 29lb 12oz