Essex Manor produces two winter 40s

Essex Manor produces two winter 40s

The Essex Manor switched on this week as it produced two of its 40-pounders in quick succession.

Tom Loraine led the charge with the Anchor at 45lb 8oz, while the ever-consistent Marc Cavaciuti managed a 40lb 4oz common.

Marc’s fish came just moment after he spotted subtle bubbling at the end of a frustrating 24-hour session.

 Marc's 40lb 4oz common just minutes after casting out

Marc's 40lb 4oz common just minutes after casting out

The firefighter and former UK Carp Championship winner said: “After a very quiet night, I decided to change all three rods over to low-lying zigs, due to the pressure increase and absolutely nothing else to go on.

“A few hours later, while sitting next to my rods looking for any activity, I noticed some tiny pin-prick bubbles on the surface.

“I sat watching for 20 minutes and slowly bubble after tiny bubble pricked the surface. Deep down I knew it was carp.”

Reeling in one of his zig rods and attaching a 12mm Sticky Peach & Pepper pop-up on a Ronnie rig, Marc cast beyond the bubbles and retrieved his rig across the surface before dropping it over the spot.

“As I walked the rod back to my alarm, I heard the water shuffle behind me and just caught ripples from one lifting out inches from my rig.

“It was little surprise when the rod burst into life less than 10 minutes later.”

 The other side of the fish

The other side of the fish

Photographing the fish was Tom Loraine, whose own winter whacker brought an end to an eight-night blank spell.

Having moved swims for his second night of his 48-hour trip, the 34-year-old saw fish show at dusk and, after baiting with 150 20mm Sticky Manilla boilies, received a take two hours later.

“A true winter carp and one of the A-Team,” said Tom.

 The magnificent Anchor at 45lb 8oz

The magnificent Anchor at 45lb 8oz