A crazy half hour of surface fishing produced four fish for Ches Boughen including this 49lb 8oz common.
The fish, known as the Beast, is tantalisingly close to being the first 50 from Bundy’s Pit in Cambridgeshire and is the venue’s new floater-caught record.
Tamed on just a 9lb hooklink, the fish was the last of four fish in half an hour for Ches, who has caught 27 carp from the tricky venue since the start of April.
“It’s all a bit of a blur,” the Ches’s Tackle & Bait owner told Carpfeed, “I’m so passionate about carp fishing I just like catching any carp, it’s not about chasing pbs, but to see this fish in the net I couldn’t quite believe it.”
The capture was aided by Ches’s mate Liam Chapman, who kept the mixers going in while the bites kept coming.
“We were hugging each other and jumping about,” said Ches, “He’s a real gent of a bloke who’s been there for me, and it was an honour to share the moment with him.”
The action took place at the end of a four-night stay which began with the 35-year-old putting out 15kg of Mainline Cell and Hybrid boilies and catching commons of 30lb 2oz and 34lb 8oz early on day two.
Despite topping up the swim with bait, no further action came on the bottom, so Ches packed up on his final morning and went stalking.
“I went to the Pallet swim and put my spod rod out with some floaters and got the fish competing.
“Within three or four minutes of casting out I had a 26lb common, then recast and had an upper double.
“I had one more upper double then saw a group of fish that weren’t coming within the same range. I wondered if they might be the wiser, bigger fish, so I cast over my initial area towards them.
“It wasn’t in the water more than two minutes when I got the bite and the fish went on a 60-to-70-yard run.
“It was stripping line but it’s bizarre because the lake’s so deep that it was just going straight down, so the angle of the line made it look like the fish was in the margins.
“When it got 20yds away we both knew it was bigger than anything we’d seen before.”
Ches fed chum mixers and fished a trimmed-down Mainline Hybrid pop-up on a size 6 Fox Edges Zig & Floater hook tied to matching 9lb line and an extra-large Fox Bolt Bubble float.