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Day-ticket venue produces its second 60lb carp

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Day-ticket venue produces its second 60lb carp

A day-ticket fishery has produced its second 60-pounder, just three years after it opened.

Meadows Lake on the Holme Fen complex in Cambridgeshire was already known for its huge head of 40s and 50s before Jon Faupel scooped his net under this 60lb 2oz mirror.

The lake’s other 60, a mirror known as Captain Jack, has already been caught at over 64lb, making it one of the biggest living carp in the country.

 Holme Fen's second 60-pounder

Holme Fen's second 60-pounder

Holme Fen Fishery, which is comprised of Meadows Lake and Poachers Pool, opened its doors to the public in July 2014 and is fishable by anyone on a booking system.

Jon, who was on his first visit to the lake and fished the Beach Double swim, caught the 60 during a four-day session with friends.

He said: "I struck into it and I never would have thought it was a 60 by the way it was plodding around.

"My previous pb was 30lb 10oz and as we got it into the net one of my mates said 'you've definitely beaten that', and then as we took a further look he said 'it's probably a 40', and then one of the guys said it was more like a 50!

"When we got it on the scales we were just flummoxed. I couldn't believe it. I never thought that would happen, and I still can't believe it now. 

"It was an awesome moment, and really nice to share it with friends.

The fish does not yet have a name, though Jon, who used PCF Relish boilies and pellets, suggested it be called Big Bad Barry.

 The other side of Jon's massive mirror

The other side of Jon's massive mirror

Venue boss Martin Dawson told Carpfeed: “The spot was a bar in about 6ft of water surrounded by approximately 12ft of water, about 30yds off the mushroom island at about 80yds to the right-hand side of the Beach Double swim.

“Weather conditions were dry and warm with sunny intervals and intermittent wind.

 No wonder Jon's smiling!

No wonder Jon's smiling!

“I asked how the fish felt with respect to spawning and the consensus was that it felt flabby at the back end, hopefully indicating a successful spawning, although the pic does not necessarily show this.

“The fish spawned during the closed period during the first week of July and the lake re-opened on July 14.”

Jon used a hinged stiff rig made with a Korda N-Trap boom and a size 6 Krank Choddy hook.