Arguably Britain’s most prized carp has been banked.
The Burghfield Common fell to Tom Stokes at the Berkshire gravel pit that gives it its name on Friday morning.
Tom is just the 12th known angler to catch the sought-after fish from the 90-acre pit. It was his 116th fish from the ultra-demanding water.
It is the fish’s first capture since Scott Lloyd caught it last April at 62lb 8oz.
Tom is backed by Thinking Anglers and Oxford Carp Baits, and both companies shared pics of the fish this evening [Sunday 8/7].
In a Facebook post, Oxford Carp Baits said: "On Friday morning Tom Stokes came to the end of an amazing five-year journey when he landed his 116th Burghfield carp in the shape of the legendary Burghfield Common at 53lb 8oz.
"Tom has put a huge amount of effort and determination in to one of the toughest and most demanding challenges in carp fishing and thoroughly deserved the iconic prize at the end of it.
"It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the journey and to be there Friday morning to witness the great fish on the bank."
Tom baited with the firm's MC Nut boilies and mixed particles. He fished a balanced rubber tiger nut over the top to combat the lake's resident crayfish.
He used a prototype Thinking Anglers SE Straight Eye hook.
In a Facebook post, Thinking Anglers wrote: "Tom wishes to thank all who have been part of the journey, either by words of encouragement or a helping hand along the way."