Horton complex produces its first 60

Horton complex produces its first 60

The record at the Horton complex has been smashed with the capture of a massive 61lb 3oz mirror.

The mighty fish, known as Roids, was banked from Kingsmead Island Lake by Ed Arlott, who joined the Berkshire venue in April in the hope of catching his first UK 50.

It’s the first carp to break the 60lb barrier at the RK Leisure-owned complex, which also includes Kingsmead One and Horton Church Lake.

Ed told Carpfeed: “I arrived at 4pm, loaded the boat and went off in search of fish. Island Lake is around 65 acres and fishing is mainly from the three islands that run down the centre of the lake.

“I saw a few fish showing in front of the second island, so decided to target the area.

“There was a massive weedbed half the size of a football pitch running right across to the far margin, so I used the boat to space my rigs along the front of the weedbed.

“I like to bait an area heavily and then place my hookbaits slightly off the loosefeed, and that’s what I did this time.”

Roids at a new top weight of 61lb 3oz

Roids at a new top weight of 61lb 3oz

Just before dawn the next day a savage take saw the 36-year-old take to a boat to battle the fish.

“I knew instantly it was a good one,” said the Reading angler. “I was using 40lb braid and the fish was just stripping line off the spool!

“She soon became buried in the weed, so it was time to take to the boat.

“I coaxed her up until she was 4ft from the surface, but with all the weed attached she was almost the same size as my landing net - I just couldn’t fit her in!

“I had to grab the leader and hand-line her huge frame over the net cord.”

It’s the first 60 from the complex

It’s the first 60 from the complex

Horton bailiffs were quickly on hand to help Ed photograph and weigh the fish, before confirming that it was a new complex record.

“I was completely blown away with the sheer size of the fish. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever catch a UK 60!” said Ed, who used a 20mm Shoreline Baits Sausage Oil cork ball pop-up on a Ronnie rig over around 1.5kg of matching 18mm and 20mm freebies.

Ed’s rig and bait

Ed’s rig and bait