Mabey good things come in threes...

Mabey good things come in threes...

A month after helping England to secure a bronze medal at the Carp Fishing World Championship in Serbia, Graham Mabey got his own rods out at his syndicate water in the Colne Valley and banked a new personal-best common in the shape of this 44lb 1oz stunner.

 It’s been a busy few weeks for Graham Mabey, but he’s managed to get among them!

It’s been a busy few weeks for Graham Mabey, but he’s managed to get among them!

Prior to going to Serbia, Graham – who is assistant manager of Carp Team England – had not long returned to the UK from a successful trip to Abbey Lakes in France, where he managed to bank a new overseas pb with a stunning mirror weighing 62lb 8oz.

Graham said: “They say good things happen in threes! I had a fantastic week fishing with good friends in France, and banked one of the lake’s most wanted in the shape of a fish known as Maria - one of the best looking French fish around!

 This stunning 62lb 8oz Abbey Lakes mirror is called Maria

This stunning 62lb 8oz Abbey Lakes mirror is called Maria

“A few weeks after that I headed out to Serbia for the World Carp Champs, where we walked away with a bronze medal, which was a good result. It wasn’t the gold that we were after, but we will get that in South Africa in February!

 Graham (second from left) is an integral part of Carp Team England

Graham (second from left) is an integral part of Carp Team England

“Then last week I got my own fishing head on and headed to my syndicate lake. I didn’t catch during the night, but come first light I recast to some bubblers with a trimmed-down bottom bait tipped with corn and spread a handful of Clearwater Nut boilies over the rod. An hour later it rattled off with this amazing 44lb 1oz common.

“It was my target fish and the one I dearly wanted from the venue.”

 Another look at that 44lb 1oz common

Another look at that 44lb 1oz common