Is this one of the biggest carp remaining in the historic Redmire Pool?
The surface-caught common fell to first-time visitor Gregory Payne and weighed in at 30lb 14oz.
The Herefordshire farm pool is seen by many as the birthplace of modern carp fishing and produced a 44lb common to Dick Walker in 1952 and a 51lb 8oz mirror to Chris Yates in 1980.
But despite reported sightings of monsters it has not produced a giant for a long time and 30-pounders are rare.
Les Bamford, who organises fishing on the pool, told Carpfeed a fish known as the 4ft Common has been spotted and estimated at 45lb, while a mirror called the Big Linear "was seen two years ago by a geezer who reckoned it had got to be 50lb".
He said the naturally rich venue could easily support a couple of lone big fish that do not need to eat anglers' baits.
Gregory’s 30 was caught during the second half of the opening week of the season, on a session with friends Neil Hubber, Tim Hills, Ben Webby and Stewart Chalkley.
Gregory told Carpfeed: “All of us had grown up reading about Redmire and looking at catch photographs from before our time – the pool was the place that everybody one day wants to fish, and our opportunity had arrived and we were not about to let it slip from our grasp.”
The big common came on the second day of the trip, as the quintet rose at dawn to start surface fishing.
“Time passed and they started taking well,” said Gregory, “Tim was first to connect with a fish – in the net it went, a 16lb 10oz mirror as old as the hills. Tim was thrilled to bits.
“Next up was my good self. The fish took my trimmed-down pop-up amongst about 200 freebies – how lucky!
“It weeded me up twice before I brought it over the net and we knew then it was a really good fish.
“Up on the scales it weighed 30lb 14oz. Unbelievable, my first Redmire carp and a 30lb common!”
The action didn’t stop there, with Gregory, Tim and Neil all catching 18lb commons before the end of the session.
“It was wonderful just being there,” said Gregory.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF REDMIRE
- March 1934: Fish supplier Donald Leney is instructed to stock the pool with 50 5.5ins-8ins carp to try to combat excessive weed growth
- October 1951: Local angler Bob Richards catches a Redmire mirror carp of 31lb 4oz
- September 1952: Dick Walker catches a British-record carp of 44lb from the pool.
- June 1980: Chris Yates catches a 51lb 8oz mirror from Redmire, though it is never officially claimed as a record