A tench angler using 8lb Maxima mainline has set a new lake record with a near-50 at Bluebell Lakes.
Toby Yates was targeting tench on Sandmartin Lake at the popular Northamptonshire day-ticket complex when the massive 49lb 8oz common came along.
Toby was fishing alongside friend Ash Bainbridge and the pair, both from Sale in Greater Manchester, were both after tincas, having moved on to Sandmartin after 48 hours catching small tench at another gravel pit.
Ash told Carpfeed: “On the third day we moved to Sandmartin at Bluebell Lakes.
“With this lake being deep and relatively sheltered we thought this may have given us a better chance.”
Toby set up in the area of the lake marked ‘summer hotpsot’ on our map below.
“Tench came throughout the day with the carp being early mornings,” said Ash. “Toby managed two nice tench of 9lb 8oz and 9lb 12oz.
“On our final morning the usual bite time came and went without many bites. We started to pack down, then Toby’s right rod was away.
“After a lengthy battle on 8lb Maxima a beast of a common carp surfaced!
“I was straight in up to my waist and netted the carp. The carp went 49lb 8oz and I believe this is the Sandmartin lake record for carp.”
Toby used a single grain of fake corn on a size 10 Korda Wide Gape hook tied to 6ins of 12lb ESP Ghost Soft on a helicopter setup with a cage feeder.
He fed groundbait with mixed particles and corn.