Robert Rees was given a guest session on Grenville Lake and came away with a new personal best in the shape of this 53lb 15oz mirror.
It was the 29-year-old’s first visit to the 72-acre Cambridgeshire venue and the fish was the only bite of his 48-hour session.
Robert told Carpfeed: “The take came around midnight and the fight was intense, with the fish taking 50yds of line on the initial run, followed by a very slow and dogged fight at range.
“I had a slight panic when my line got caught around my friend’s lines as the fish neared the bank and I wasn’t quite able to reach it with the landing net, despite being up to my chest in water in my waders. I took a plunge in the end and got him into the net!”
The fish was caught on a Sticky Signature Squid pop-up presented on a Ronnie rig, with a 10ins boom of 18lb fluorocarbon terminating in a size 6 Korda Krank hook.
Robert paired this with a lead clip setup and, as leaders are banned at the venue, small blobs of putty up his mainline to help sink it near the rig end.
The long-range area he fished to was around 30ft deep, and Robert opted for a heavy baiting approach.
He explained: “The spot I was fishing was relatively barren, so I used the bait as a ‘feature’ in itself.
“I introduced around 12kg of 12mm and 15mm glugged Krill boilies on the first night, followed by 8kg on the final evening. The owners encourage heavy baiting, and the stock of big carp in Grenville is incredible!”