An angler who won a syndicate ticket in a match caught one of the biggest carp in Britain on just his second session as a member of the venue.
Kyle Wilson bagged Butthead at exactly 60lb from Girton Main Lake in Nottinghamshire after a 60-minute battle that ended with fish on all three rods.
The fish, which has never been heavier and had not been caught since last year, was previously stocked into the venue after the sale of its original home, Pendle View in Lancashire.
Kyle was on just his second trip to the venue using his AJS Fisheries Golden Ticket, which he had won in a pairs match at the lake.
The 32-year-old bricklayer told Carpfeed: “I was absolutely speechless. I couldn’t believe it.
“I never went on there even thinking I was going to catch one of the big ones – it never came into my head.”
Kyle, from Lincoln, began his weekend session with pal Wayne Esberger on Friday afternoon and had a couple of fish before moving to the top end of the lake where carp were showing on Saturday morning.
He said: “I found a bar at about 120yds and I spodded for about two hours with boilies and particles, and had fish almost immediately.
“I think I just timed it right.”
After a succession of stockies and a couple of originals up to 26lb, Kyle got the bite from Butthead late in the afternoon.
“All the others had been screamers,” he said, “but with this one the bobbin just went up and down, up and down.
“I was thinking it could be a liner and wondering whether to hit it, when the bobbin stayed up and I saw the line pulling away.
“It just felt solid and you could tell it was a big fish. I played it for about 20 minutes when it came towards me. I saw it was one of the big commons [Girton has produced another 50lb-plus common called Tutti], but I just couldn’t get the net over it in time.
“I then played it for another half an hour knowing what it was.
“I was just praying – I would have been devastated if I’d lost it.”
Eventually the fish succumbed – despite Kyle receiving bites either side of it – and weighed in at exactly 60lb after two separate scales readings.
Kyle fed boilies and a particle mix of hemp, maize and tares, getting through about 10kg to 15kg during his session.
He fished Ronnie rigs with IBHooks Curves and 14mm Mainline Essential IB pop-ups.