A snap decision on location and a short but hectic feeding spell gave Reg Verney a memorable session.
Targeting an Oxfordshire syndicate venue, the serviceman caught the lake’s biggest common at 44lb 7oz, plus a 37lb 9oz mirror and four other fish during a four-day stay.
Most of the action came in a short window for the 46-year-old, who at one point had 69lb of carp in the same net.
The Aylesbury carper said: “Cold winds and rain meant less-than-perfect conditions, and a lack of showing fish meant that locating any fish was a problem.
“I went on a hunch to a peg that has been good to me in the past. Four out of the five fish all came on the same day in a short but prolific feeding spell. At one stage had a 25lb mirror in the same net as a 44lb common!
“The common is the largest carp in the lake and is at a very good weight just coming out of winter.”