Mallard Lake on the popular Bluebell Lakes complex has produced a new lake record in the shape of this magnificent 48lb common.
Liam Hodgson caught the fish as part of an epic 17-fish haul – that also included a number of 20s and a 37lb 6oz common – in 48 hours on the Northamptonshire day-ticket venue.
The 32-year-old told Carpfeed: “I turned up on Sunday morning and after a good walk about to find the fish I decided on a peg I fished a few weeks ago as there were fish in the area and someone was packing up from there.
“I had 10 fish up to 31lb 10oz in this swim during the previous session and with the fish there it was looking good.
“I got straight on the spot I fished last time and had three fish out in the first half an hour.
“It was then steady after then, with all the fish coming in daylight.
“I just kept baiting steadily with boilies, hemp, maize and pellet, little and often.
“It was 6pm teatime when my rod screamed off and I knew it was a big one.
“After a long battle with it, its head rose from the water and instinct kicked in – knowing it was only shallow I jumped into the water and walked out to net it.
“I went to grab my mate to take pics and weigh and it tipped the scales at 48lb dead – a new lake record and pb common. I was buzzing!”
Liam, from Hull, used slip D rigs topped with Active Baits Peardrop wafters. He fed Active Baits Nutty Jaffa boilies, with Monster Particles hemp and maize.