Your first carp from a new venue is always special, but for Leroy Swan it could hardly have been better.
The 54-year-old’s debut fish from Wingham Main Lake was a mirror that had not been caught for five years and one which smashed the lake record by more than 5lb.
The 56lb 14oz brute made Leroy the third angler to catch a fifty as their first fish from the two-lake Kent syndicate venue.
Leroy, a seafood merchant from Teynham in Kent, said: “This is beyond my wildest dreams. Wingham is everything I thought it would be and more. Amazingly, I was the only one on 40 acres!”
Fishing during a cold snap, Leroy saw a big fish jump and after a quiet day moved swims to be closer to that area the following morning.
He only had to wait 30 minutes for the bite after casting a single Mainline Pineapple pop-up 140yds to the spot in a lightly weeded silt gully.
Wingham creator Steve Burke said: "This fish has a huge frame and has the potential to grow bigger still. The Main Lake fish are on average about three years younger than those in the Carp Lake, so many of us expect the little-fished Main Lake to do even better."