Sandmartin's big common goes 42lb 2oz

Sandmartin is often the most overlooked water on the Bluebell Lakes complex but Simon Barker showed its potential with a nine-carp hit topped by a 42lb 2oz common.

The fish, the biggest common in the lake, was caught yesterday morning [5/8] at the end of a week-long session that also produced eight 20lb-plus carp

 At 42lb 2oz it's the biggest common in Sandmartin

At 42lb 2oz it's the biggest common in Sandmartin

 Job done! Simon celebrates the end of a great week

Job done! Simon celebrates the end of a great week

Simon told Carpfeed: “I arrived last Saturday evening and the lake was unusually quiet. There was a south-westerly wind pushing into the Road Bank and I saw a few fish showing.”

Having carefully found a spot 50yds out between two weedbeds, the Lancashire angler baited lightly with boilie crumb and sweetcorn before putting all three rods on the spot.

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“The bites all came in the early morning,” said the 48-year-old joiner. “Throughout the week I landed two tench and eight carp between 20lb 8oz and 28lb.”

The lake’s biggest common arrived on Simon’s final day.

“On Sunday morning the alarm screamed off – literally a one-toner – and the fish headed for the shelf and deeper water.

 It was a new personal best for Simon

It was a new personal best for Simon

“After playing it back up the shelf it came in through the marginal weed quite slowly. Even when netting it I wasn’t sure it was the Big Common until I tried to lift it, and then I was sure!

“At 42lb 2oz it was a new personal best.”

Simon used D rigs topped with yellow AS Baits TNT wafters.