A fish thought to be the biggest carp ever caught in Hampshire has been banked from Rockford Lake at a whopping 60lb 10oz.
The big mirror, known as Single Scale, had avoided capture at the 55-acre Ringwood DAA water for the past 18 months, with many regulars fearing it had died.
Those fears have now been quashed after Shane Gould landed it at an all-time record weight, setting a new club record in the process.
It is the third time Shane has caught the impressive fish, with each capture bizarrely occurring in late April!
Shane told Carpfeed how events unfolded this time around: “I turned up on Good Friday after getting stuck in traffic and couldn’t get on the spots I had been fishing because the lake was very busy.
“After a 45-minute walk I spotted a fish in the sanctuary area that was so wide you could have put a saddle on it!
“There were swims free about 200yds back, which I knew the fish would have to pass when they ventured out, so I jumped in there quick.”
“Eighteen hours later I got a bite and hooked into something that felt like it was going to take me over the other side of the lake, and then climb out!
”I took it steady and eventually rolled the big fish over the net, and realised which one it was soon after.
“Although it is a recapture for me, this one doesn’t give itself up easily, and it was actually my first bite from the lake in 18 months. It bottomed out my scales and set a new personal best, too!”
Shane caught the fish on a basic bottom-bait rig with a 15mm CC Moore Live System hookbait on a size 6 ESP hook. This was fished over 4kg of hemp on a rough gravel spot at 96yds.