One of the biggest commons in the country has been banked at a new top weight of 61lb, just a day before the same lake produced a 47lb 6oz mirror from the swim next door.
The monster common, known as Butthead, fell to Shane Willmore at Girton Main Lake in Nottinghamshire and weighed a pound more than when it was banked last month.
The 51-year-old captor, who has fished the venue for four years, told Carpfeed: “I was there when Butthead was stocked [from Pendle View in Lancashire after that venue was sold off] and actually am one of the only members who has had to wait for it – most getting it as their first fish from the lake!
“It was one of those nights when everything looked right but it was pouring with rain, so I jumped in a swim that I knew well – because I made it!
“Fishing just 20 yards out to a gravel hump in 22ft of water I deposited 20 Spombs of hemp and then took cover from the elements.
“It turned out to be the only bite that night but what a fish, it was absolutely huge, you could put a saddle on it!”
The monster common fell to two tiger nuts on a multi rig, a tactic that resulted in six more bites for Shane that weekend.
Shane gave big thanks to neighbouring angler Stephen King who assisted with the weighing and photography of the fish.
The following morning Stephen was rewarded for his efforts with a monster of his own – Measles at 47lb 6oz.
The second of Girton’s most wanted took a snowman rig presented over a bed of Nash Scopex Squid boilies in 15ft of water.