Luke Vanes has become just the fourth British angler in history to land a 100lb-plus carp.
This monster 102lb mirror came from Hungary’s Euro Aqua yesterday [6/11].
Speaking to Carpfeed from the bank with four days of his trip left, the 35-year-old said: “It was just an absolute monster, an immense fish.
“Lifting it was back breaking. Normally you lift fish with your arms, but with this it was a case of holding your arms out and lifting with your back. It still hurts now.”
Two hours before catching the ton-up carp, the Wolverhampton angler had another mirror of 69lb, and he bagged a 44lb common this morning.
It’s the sixth year Luke and fellow big-fish angler Luke Edwards have travelled to Euro Aqua, but their previous biggest fish had ‘only’ weighed mid-70s. Luke Edwards has so far had mirrors of 65lb and 55lb, plus a 45lb common.
Fishing to a silty area, the pair have alternated their rods along a 60yd zone 130yds out and have baited with 200kg of hemp, 50kg of maize and 50k of Euro Aqua boilies.
The monster mirror came on just the second day of the trip.
“We arrived on Monday and I got the bite at 1.30pm on Tuesday,” said Luke Vanes. “So far, the hours of daylight between 6am and 4pm have been bite time.
“It was a slow and steady take and it just felt like a big, heavy weight. It plodded around for about 10 to 15 minutes and then we saw it as it came up about two rod lengths out.
“We thought it was a big 80 and probably a new pb, but when we came to lift it in the sling we knew it was much bigger.”
The fish is a new 100-pounder for the venue, which contains at least two others over that weight. It was last caught in 2017 at under 90lb.
The two Lukes travelled to Euro Aqua for their week-long session straight from seven days at Italy’s Parco del Brenta, where Luke Vanes had 82 fish to mid-50s.
Luke fished snowman presentations on D rigs made with Korda IQ2, Korda D-Rig Kickers and size 4 J Precision Curve hooks.
The other three Brits to catch 100s are Colin Smith (Etang La Saussaie) and Steve Weir and Warren Harrison (both Euro Aqua).
Euro Aqua’s biggest-ever fish is this world-record 108-pounder.