This “absolute unit of a carp” gave Wes Coggeshall a perfect pre-holiday send off.
The 57lb 12oz common is a new lake record at Kent’s Darenth Tip Lake and a new personal best for the South Londoner.
Wes feared the fish would come out while he was abroad, but this time it was his turn to cash in on the lake’s good form the day before his flight.
The ventilation engineer fished a 12-hour overnighter the day before the capture and heard fish crashing all over his swim. He returned from work that afternoon eager to get back on the same spot.
Speaking to Carpfeed from his holiday, Wes said: “I decided to fish a different angle to the previous night, as sometimes a different line angle makes a big difference. I put the rods out on the spots, spreading 2kg of Sticky Manilla over the three areas.
“That night, I had telephone conversations with pals of mine, saying wouldn’t it be great to catch the common tomorrow morning, as the next day I was off to Barbados for 10 nights and every time I go on holiday the lake fishes very well, which is just my luck!”
The next morning, Wes was woken by his buzzer just before first light.
“I hit the rod and it didn’t do a lot. I just reeled it in, to tell you the truth. If I’d lost it I would’ve said it was a small carp.
“But once in the net I could see it was a big common and there’s only one common of that size in the Tip.
“On the scales it went 57lb 12oz – a lake record and a personal best for me. I just couldn’t believe it – an absolute unit of a carp.”
Wes used washed-out Sticky Signature pop-ups on Ronnie rigs made with Gardner components.