Embryo project produces its first 50-pounder

Embryo project produces its first 50-pounder

Korda’s Embryo project can now boast its first 50, following an incredible session for member Andrew Riley on Broom Big Lake.

The fish in question, given the apt name Milestone, weighed 50lb 9oz after its capture from the 45-acre Bedfordshire venue.

Embryo Angling Habitats is a non-profit organisation formed in 2014 to protect existing carp lakes from predation and secure new venues for carp anglers.

If the impressive ghostie common wasn’t enough, Andrew then went on to brace this fish with the second biggest in the lake, Bullion at 40lb 4oz later the same day.

Embryo’s first 50-pounder at 50lb 9oz

Embryo’s first 50-pounder at 50lb 9oz

Andrew told Carpfeed: “I have been fishing the venue since it opened just over two seasons ago and really can’t compliment Embryo enough on how they manage the place.

“On this occasion everything just turned out right despite turning up in blazing-hot conditions.

“One good thing was the venue was practically empty despite it being bank holiday weekend.

“I thought the heat might have put the fish off and I had to wait till midnight before my rod screamed off.

“The fish started plodding and I was certain it was just a big ball of weed as it was just a heavy weight.

“When I pulled the weed off the fish and raised the net I thought something must be wrong and there must be something else in here as it was just so heavy.

The other side of the aptly named Milestone

The other side of the aptly named Milestone

“We weighed the fish twice as I just couldn’t get over it, it obliterated my personal best of 27lb.

“Catching the mirror the next day was just the icing on the cake and it still hasn’t really sunk in.

Andrew also had Bullion at 40lb 4oz

Andrew also had Bullion at 40lb 4oz

“I’ve not slept for two days and am completely blown away.

“A massive thankyou to the Embryo bailiffs for all their help and support with the fish, too. If you get a chance to join an Embryo water, I would go for it.”

Both of Andrew’s fish fell to 16mm Sticky Manilla wafter hookbaits presented on size 6 Gardner Mugga hooks tied to Korda N-Trap Soft hooklinks.

These were fished over a gravel spot in 4ft of water at 72yds, which he had baited with 1kg of Manilla freebies.

Broom Lake costs £300 a year and midweek tickets are currently available.