Carp Angler of the Year nets December 50

Carp Angler of the Year nets December 50

Carp Angler of the Year Simon Kenny is ending 2018 as he began it – with yet more big fish.

In back-to-back sessions at Kingsmead One this month, the 35-year-old caught Armageddon at 50lb 10oz, a 44lb 4oz mirror and 37lb 6oz mirror.

“A December 50 is more than I could have wished for,” said the Norfolk rod.

Kingsmead One’s Armageddon at 50lb 10oz

Kingsmead One’s Armageddon at 50lb 10oz

Eariler this month, Simon won Carp Angler of the Year in the National Angling Awards after banking a 50 and more than a dozen 40s from Horton Church Lake this spring, before heading to Kingsmead and continuing to haul.

His latest success came in two three-night sessions which began with the capture of two smaller carp.

“As I was letting the second one go, the left-hand rod pulled up tight,” said Simon. “As I struck into it I was praying it wouldn't be another stocky.”

“I was met with solid resistance and the fish just slowly started plodding and stripping line – this was no stocky! And sure enough, after a very heavy fight, I was looking down at a beautiful chestnut-coloured mirror, and it was big.”

After slipping back the 44lb 4oz mirror Simon endured two blank nights, but kept trickling in bait. “Little did I know what would be in store for me the following trip,” he said.

This 44lb 4oz mirror was a taste of things to come

This 44lb 4oz mirror was a taste of things to come

Returning a week later to an empty lake, he set up in the same swim – the Point – and managed a stocky at dusk on the second day. A fish called Bob’s Mate at 37lb 6oz followed at about midnight, before another bite came at sunrise.

Bob’s Mate at 37lb 6oz

Bob’s Mate at 37lb 6oz

“This fish was very slow and heavy,” said Simon. “It seemed to just hug the bottom and took an age to get it into the margin.

“When I managed to net her I couldn't believe how big she looked. I was fairly sure it was a fish known as Armageddon and it looked massive.

“Sure enough she spun the scales around to 50lb 10oz!”

Simon baited with whole and chopped Sticky Manilla, presenting white Manilla pop-ups on hinge rigs made with Thinking Anglers bits.

Simon’s December 50 caps an incredible year

Simon’s December 50 caps an incredible year