Painter's brush with Charlie's Mate

Painter's brush with Charlie's Mate

EDIT 14/8/18: This fish turned out to be a rare visitor to the bank called Black Eye, not Charlie's Mate, as Peter explains here...

A week of prebaiting worked wonders for Peter Bond as he bagged a sought-after Frimley common at 48lb 3oz.

The 64-year-old, known to many as ‘Pete the Painter’, caught Charlie’s Mate from Pit Three at the Surrey venue after careful preparation.

The fish came just two and a half hours after the venue re-opened following spawning.

 Charlie's Mate at 48lb 3oz

Charlie's Mate at 48lb 3oz

Pete told Carpfeed: “The lake had been closed for spawning and re-opened at midnight on June 21.

“For about seven or eight days before that I’d been putting some bait in a swim called Cat Walk every day and was relieved there was only one other angler on the lake when we were allowed to fish it again.

“I was able to get in the swim and my first fish was a bream before I got the bite at 2.30am. I was fishing slack lines with tight clutches, so it was a few beeps and then the bobbin slammed up to the rod.

“I knew as soon as I picked it up that it was a chunk.

“When I got it in the net and put my headtorch on I thought, ‘god, that’s a whacker’.”

The fish, which Pete also caught four years ago, beat his previous personal best of 46lb 10oz.

The Berkshire angler targeted a small gravel area about 40yds out and baited with Nash Candy Nut Crush boilies, hemp, sweetcorn, groats and maples.

He presented two matching hookbaits snowman style on a line-aligner rig made with a size 8 Nash Fang X hook and Gardner coated braid.

 The other side of the well-known common

The other side of the well-known common