It’s been a tough few months for Bluebell Lakes regular Gary Denniss, but the capture of this 48lb 2oz pb common lit up the faces of all who witnessed it.
“This was a very, very special capture,” said Gary, whose wife Della recently completed cancer treatment.
The fish, known as Lucas, came from the Piz peg on Kingfisher Lake at the popular Northamptonshire day-ticket site and is a carp the 48-year-old has wanted for six years.
Gary, the godson of carp pioneer Maurice Ingham, is a well-known face at the venue but has taken time away from the bank while his wife received treatment.
He told Carpfeed: “There’s a group of us on Bluebell who’ve become very close friends.
“Everyone helps each other, nothing is kept secret, and it’s a really nice atmosphere.
“Throughout the winter they’ve been in constant touch with me, asking how Della is and keeping me up to date with the lake. It has meant so much to me.”
On Sunday, the Butlin’s landscape gardener returned to the lake and settled into the swim on the River Bank.
“On Monday morning the fish were showing very heavily to my left along the Lock Bank,” said Gary. “I must’ve seen 60 or 70 shows and I know Kev Hewitt had action and Jason Holden had action.
“It wasn’t until just after 8pm that I had a single bleep on the middle rod. I keep the rod tips in the water because of the swans and the middle rod lifted up out of the water and I was on it.
“I can only describe it as a monumental battle. This fish is renowned for fighting but, my god, it went and went, and went! There was no stopping it all.
“Kev [Hewitt] came over and I told him I thought it was a catfish. I couldn’t do anything with it.
“Then the first time it rolled I saw it was a common. The second time it rolled I saw its dorsal, but Kev and the boys said to me ‘I know what you think it is, Gaz, but it’s not’, so I didn’t think it was the Lucas and I gave it some teddy to keep it out of the snags.
“It turns out they were lying and they did it to keep me calm!
“They knew how much I wanted that fish and I probably would’ve gone to jelly if I’d known what I was connected to!”
Gary fished over 1kg of 10mm ASM barrels from Key Bait Solutions, 1kg of sweetcorn and 2kg of hemp. He presented a matching 12mm pop-up over the top on a Ronnie rig made with a barbless size 6 ESP Cryogen Curve hook and Korda Hybrid Stiff.
The Skegness angler, who also banked the Bream Common at 34lb 8oz during his two-night session, added: “It’s a very meaningful capture after the last seven months. The support of the lads has been keeping me going.”