Near-50 from Linch Hill

Near-50 from Linch Hill

Linch Hill regular Mark Litchfield smashed his personal best with this mirror known as Scar at 49lb 7oz.

Fishing on Christchurch at the Oxfordshire complex, the 52-year-old had already banked Hartley’s at 38lb 12oz and a 25lb mirror from the area before this cracker turned up.

The Northampton angler said: “The spot was a hole in the weed where I had seen fish showing and fizzing.

“I had cast out and baited up the afternoon before and had a few liners during the night, and a couple of carp had boshed out over the baited spot, so I had been quite confident.

 Mark with the Scar mirror from Linch Hill at 49lb 7oz

Mark with the Scar mirror from Linch Hill at 49lb 7oz

“At 7.30am the next morning I received a few bleeps from my alarm and when I checked my rod the line was bow-string tight.

“I pulled into the fish to find that it was already solid in weed, so I walked backwards up the bank to gain height and held the rod above my head and managed to gradually move the fish and keep it moving. The fish then plodded around and it was a good fight.

“When I finally netted the it I could see the fish was huge and bigger than anything I had ever caught before. It weighed 49lb 7oz and smashed my personal best, which had been 44lb 8oz for a mirror carp.”

Mark fished 12mm Sticky Peach & Pepper pop-ups over Manilla boilies and pellets. He used solid PVA bags and size 6 Korda Krank hooks tied to 20lb N-trap Soft.