Actor Scott Maslen showed he’s equally talented on the bank as he is on the box by banking his THIRD British 50-pounder in the shape of this 59lb 12oz giant.
The EastEnders star shared the special moment with best friend and former British carp record holder Simon Bater at Kent’s Wingham syndicate.
The fish, which is known as Black Spot and has weighed over 60lb in the past, is a new pb for Scott, who also has British carp of 56lb and 53lb to his name.
He told Carpfeed: “It was an impromptu trip because I haven’t been able to fish much lately, but that’s the beauty of fishing. You can get your head down and fish hard for so long, then something like this can happen out of the blue.
“It was a brilliant, brilliant feeling.”
Scott and Simon arrived at Wingham’s Carp Lake – which holds at least seven different fish over 50lb – in the early hours of Saturday morning and sat up in the dark listening for signs of fish.
“We heard some, but unfortunately people were already in the swims nearby,” said Scott, “so I went in a swim I’ve done well from in the past and fished out at distance on a nice spot, with plenty of bait, big leads, tight lines and big blatant pop-ups.
“It’s not a massive lake and you can find yourself chasing the fish around, so I think you’re better off getting ready and sitting back and waiting.”
The bite came at first light after Scott’s second night.
“It was a couple of bleeps and then she roared off,” he said. “This fish is known for putting up a fight and it was an absolute battle. I knew it was a lump but I didn’t think it would be Black Spot.”
The big mirror took Scott into a couple of weedbeds and round one of his other rods before coming to rest in a thick patch of the green stuff.
After putting the rod down and turning on the kettle, Scott gently lifted back into the fish and felt it kick free of the obstruction.
“She roared off again and she was angry,” said Scott, who did not land the fish for another 15 minutes.
“When I got her in the net and I saw the black spot I couldn’t compose myself. Simon came over and said ‘you got one, then?’ and my adrenaline just kicked in.
“I couldn’t have wanted to share it with anyone else.”
He added: “To say I’ve had three UK 50s is mad. I wouldn’t have ever believed this would happen.”
Scott, who stayed on an extra night and lost another fish the next morning, fished Ronnie rigs made with size 4 Korda Krank hooks and 25lb Korda Boom hooklinks.
He presented yellow 15mm Mainline Essential Cell pop-ups over a mix of boilies, pellet, corn, maggots, particles and liquids.