Is this England’s most northerly 40lb carp?
The fish, known as Shoulders, was caught from a club water in Cumbria at 43lb 12oz by Sam Stephenson, who reckons it could well be.
There is a 40lb-plus common in Scotland, but this massive mirror is a real rarity for the north-western corner of England.
Sam began fishing the venue, which contains around 30 carp, in April 2015 and had clocked up 37 captures up to 30lb 8oz.
“I had one fish on left on my mind; Shoulders, which was doing very well at the time but isn’t a regular visitor to the bank. It hadn’t been caught since a friend had it on April 6, 2017.”
Settling in to a 48-hour session last Wednesday, Sam began getting liners on his first evening and received a take at 10.30pm.
“I lifted into it and a good fish erupted on the surface. I knew I connected to one of the better fish and after a few minutes I had it safely in the net.
“It wasn't until this point, when I pulled the folds of the net back that I realised I had done it! Three years of hard graft made worthwhile, Shoulders was mine at last.
“The scales pulled round to 43lb 12oz which was a new club record, smashed my pb by over 13lb and is probably the most northern 40 in England.”
Sam used a blowback snowman rig with DNA S7 and Pink Peril baits mounted on a size 4 Angling Iron Curve Shank hook.