The biggest carp of the year has been banked at the colossal weight of 65lb 12oz.
The massive mirror, considered by many to be ‘the British record in waiting’, was landed from Grenville Lake by Ian Bailey.
The 33-year-old was on a 48-hour session at the Cambridgeshire lake when he slipped his net under the fish, which smashed his old pb of 51lb 12oz and is just over 2lb short of the current British best.
After arriving at the venue on Saturday afternoon he first spent a couple of hours scanning the water, during which time he saw a number of fish show.
Ian, who works for Korda, said: “With a new north-westerly wind due, I set up in swim three as the fish love to follow a fresh wind on there and I wanted to get ahead of them.”
Targeting a silty area alongside a weedbed at 110yds, Ian primed his swim with 8kg of Mainline Cell boilies in 15mm and 18mm, before casting three matching pop-ups on hinged stiff rigs to the area.
After banking an upper double early the next afternoon he got the rod back out and only had to wait around 90 minutes before he was away again.
“I was fishing with tight clutches but the fish just shredded me, taking 40yds of line before grinding to a halt in the weed.
“I put the rod back in the rest and a short while later the indicator started rocking so I picked up the rod, gritted my teeth, wound down and pulled hard.
“I felt it break free and then it hit the surface at about 140yds out. I thought,' ‘that’s a 40’.”
A protracted fight then followed, before Ian was eventually able to wade out and net his prize.
“As it went over the net cord I upped my estimate, saying to myself, ‘that’s a 50’.
“Then when I staked it out in the net I thought, ‘it could even be an upper 50’. It looked massive, but never did I think it would be a mid-60! It was in a different league!
“Grenville is a remarkable place, and I think this fish will definitely break the British record soon.”
Ian’s rigs featured Korda Dark Matter boom sections and 25lb Korda Mouth Trap hook sections, terminating in size 6 Korda Kamakura Choddy hooks.