This incredible common topped 40lb for the first time in a lake that contains just 18 carp in eight acres.
The 41lb 8oz beauty, known as the Cut Tail Common, fell to Lewis Spencer at a Lincolnshire venue.
The 22-year-old bricklayer had been prebaiting a marginal spot but despite activity in his swim had to wait to the very end of a 48-hour session for the bite.
He said: “I started packing down and was just prepping the bait that I was going to put in at the end when the right-hander melted away and I was in dream land.
“I've not fished at all this year so it was my first proper carp bite and it was from a lake where there are hardly any carp.
“I concentrated on the fight, which with the braided mainline can be very hairy, but after a few minutes her head came up and I just knew I was attached to one of two fish.
“Soon after, it went straight in the net and I looked down at what can only be described as morning glory – I’d caught the Cut Tail Common!”
Lewis presented a Sticky Krill wafter on a long hair over matching freebies, Krill Clusters and Cloudy Krill liquid.
His rigs featured size 6 Korda Wide Gape hooks and Korda N-Trap Semi Stiff hooklinks.