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.”
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.”