These are the stunning pictures of one of the biggest carp in the northwest of England, weighing in at 51lb 8oz.
The massive mirror, known as Moonscale, was caught from Clearwater Fisheries near Lancaster by venue regular Nathan Pickering on the second night of a 48-hour session.
It fell to a chod rig cast to an area of light silkweed at 33 wraps’ range (132yds) which Nathan had baited lightly with a mix of Sticky Manilla boilies, pellets and Monster Particles hemp and maize.
He told Carpfeed: “It took me a while to choose a swim, but as soon as I saw a member leaving peg five I knew that’s where I was going because it was on the back of a strong northeast wind and there was a mega low-pressure front with heavy clouds and rain coming in.
“I found a presentable spot and, after struggling over big beds of bait this year, decided to put out just 15 spods of loosefeed.”
After witnessing fish showing but with no bites forthcoming, for the second night of his session Nathan tweaked his tactics.
“I changed to a chod rig with a Sticky Yellow Manilla pop-up that I had been soaking in matching liquid for several months.
“At 6am the next morning I had a very slow take, followed by a heavy battle, and 30 minutes later I saw the tail pattern which I was convinced was Moonscale,” he said.
After weighing and photographing his prize, Nathan was joined by fellow members to celebrate.
He added: “Every man and his dog was there to share the moment, and it was the perfect reminder of exactly why we go fishing in the first place.
“I’d been having a pretty tough time over the previous few weeks, and this capture is living proof that no matter how hard life gets, you will get better and there will be moments like this that will help to pick you up.”