“Finally, my invite to the 40s club!”
That’s how Scott Jones described the moment he banked this incredible 48lb 8oz mirror aptly known as the Classic.
The fish came from a Kent park lake and was only landed after a lengthy battle in a heavily weeded swim.
“It was worth all of the blanks through winter and the 100-plus nights,” said Scott, who arrived for his session after work on Friday and set up in the New Cut swim.
“I saw one stick its head out but the weed had come up massively. After a couple of casts I found a small clear spot and the two rods were on the spot by around 9pm.
“I woke up at 5am watching the water, wondering why I didn't have a bite after seeing a few over me late Friday night.
“Then around 7am my left-hand rod had a few bleeps and it was away, line ticking off the reel.
“I jumped out of my bedchair, put my waders on and I'm into a carp. The fish was coming in quite nicely but then at around 30yds it dived into a weedbed.”
Scott inched towards the fish, and got a soaking as the water level rose above his waders, but she didn’t come free for another half an hour.
“Then,” said Scott, “after another five minutes of her trying to get back out there she was in the bottom of my net.
“Looking into that net I saw absolute unit, my first 40lb-plus carp and the moment I had been dreaming of. Words cannot describe my excitement.”