In-form Simon gets Horton's Woodcarving

Simon Kenny has had almost all the big fish in Horton Church Lake this season, but this one was extra special.

The Woodcarving, one of the original Longfield fish stocked into the Berkshire pit, weighed 38lb 1oz.

Simon has caught a 50 and more than a dozen 40s from the famous old venue since spring but was delighted to land this cracker, which he observed in a bay the night before the take.

 One of the original Longfield fish that moved to Horton Church Lake

One of the original Longfield fish that moved to Horton Church Lake

“It was a true privilege to hold him up for the camera.

“All the remaining Longfield fish are special but the Woodcarving is king of them all, and to find him in the Church Bay and set a trap and then catch him the next morning made it even more special for me.”

 You can see how it got its name

You can see how it got its name

The Norfolk angler lowered his rig in place with a baiting pole from a swim called Phil’s Corner.

He chucked a handful of chopped Sticky Manilla boilies over the spot and presented a whittled-down Manilla wafter on a slip D rig.

Simon said: “I hardly slept that night. I just kept thinking about that Woodcarving and hoping he'd return.

“I'd done all I could, everything was perfect. I must have drifted off to sleep because just after first light I had a very slow take on that rod. The fight was straightforward and basically the old boy just wallowed about and I scooped him up.

“I didn't get a proper look during the fight but I just knew it was him, and when I looked in the net and saw a long black fish with linear scales I knew I had him.”

 The fish weighed 38lb 1oz

The fish weighed 38lb 1oz