Biggest common in the country banked again

Biggest common in the country banked again

Britain’s biggest-ever common has been caught again, slightly down in weight.

Tarka was banked at exactly 63lb by Luke Edwards during a day session at the Avenue in Shropshire.

The fish has previously weighed as much as 64lb 6oz, 4oz heavier than the previous British best, the now-deceased Benson from Bluebell Lakes.

Luke hoists up Tarka for the cameras

Luke hoists up Tarka for the cameras

Wolverhampton angler Luke told Carpfeed: “I arrived at the Avenue on Sunday morning and had a good look around as the lake hadn’t done a fish for three or four weeks.

“As I was doing a day-only session with the option of coming back Monday I set up in a peg with known winter form in the middle of the lake.

“That day remained very quiet, but with a few liners and seeing the odd sign I didn’t think I was far off them so I decided to bait up and come back the next day.”

Luke put out 30 spods of chopped Mainline Essential Cell and Carbon Baits hemp before returning the next morning.

He said: “I chucked the first rig out and left the line to settle. As I was tying the other rig my rod let out a few bleeps and I was away.

“After quite a quick fight I realised it was Tarka. I’ve had her twice but I knew she was bigger and she went 63lb, a new pb for me.

63lb of mighty common. The fish suffered an otter attack at a younger age

63lb of mighty common. The fish suffered an otter attack at a younger age

“I’ve fished there three times this season and my last fish was Ellie at 53lb, and just before Christmas I had Bella from Monument 2, so not bad for my last three English fish!”

Luke, who has previously caught Tarka at 60lb 8oz and 56lb 12oz, used rigs made with Fox bits.