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Session for cancer charity brings venue's first 40

NewsThom AirsBerkshire
Session for cancer charity brings venue's first 40

One good deed deserved another for Carl Udry as a charity session produced a Berkshire venue’s first 40-pounder.

The 44-year-old offered a 24-hour carp trip to Midgham Manor for a charity auction and caught this 41lb 4oz mirror during the session.

“At Hitachi where I work,” said Thatcham-based Carl, “we all recently got behind the Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning fundraiser and ran a charity auction.

“I was asked if I would take someone carp fishing for 24 hours, and I duly obliged.

“It was during this session when with my guest Ed Roberts, whose wife donated to the charity, that I nailed the venue’s new lake record and first-ever fish over 40lb.”

 Carl with the first 40 from Midgham

Carl with the first 40 from Midgham

The fish came almost exactly four years on from Carl’s capture of the venue’s first 30-pounder. He has also banked a 4lb 2oz perch from the two-lake site.

Carl explained: “The conditions were perfect with it being mild overnight and the consistently strong westerly winds easing.

“We fished in a wind-secluded north-easterly corner of the lake where the odd sign of feeding fish was evident.

“I managed a couple of small Dinton stockies from 7am after a quiet night and bagged the big one around midday when it started raining.”

RIG AND BAIT

  • Slip D rig
  • Hook: Size 4 Gardner Covert Dark
  • Hooklink: 10ins of ESP Tungsten Loaded
  • Hookbait: 20mm Sticky Krill boilie
  • Loosefeed: Four 20mm free offerings and a small PVA bag of crumbed boilie