Rhys Hunt smashed his personal best for the second time in as many weeks when he banked this 41lb 8oz common from Christchurch Lake.
The 34-year-old from the Isle of Wight headed to the venue, which is on Oxfordshire’s Linch Hill complex, for a two-night session, but ended up banking the fish before he had set up most of his kit.
He said: “On arrival I found some fish boshing in a ‘days-only’ peg, so I quickly got in there and swung my single hookbait out just two rodlengths. Initially had a liner that pulled everything up tight, so I had a recast.
“Five minutes later it was away properly, and after a spirited battle managed to net what I thought was a low thirty. When the scales swung round to over 41lb I was blown away. It smashed my old best for a common carp by 15lb, as well as my overall pb of 33lb which I set a fortnight ago!”
Rhys used a naked chod rig with a 16mm Sticky pop-up on a size 4 choddy hook.