This mighty Yorkshire mirror topped a nine-fish haul for Michael Hibbert.
The 46lb 8oz fish was caught alongside three twenties and five doubles at Eric’s Willows Lake near Castleford.
All of the fish were caught on Fox Zig Foam set at various depths 100 yards out behind a dying weedbed while other anglers struggled.
Michael told Carpfeed: “I arrived at a busy Willows Lake and did a quick lap. Nobody had caught or seen any fish, so I did another lap and noticed a carp stick its head out in front of peg 13 – the decision was made!
“Feeling confident I had fish in front of me I drifted off to sleep and was woken at 4am when the middle rod was away. After a spirited fight I netted a 21lb common. I was buzzing for my first fish of the year and because I knew it meant I wouldn’t have blanked.
“I just sat back down to tie a fresh rig when the left rod absolutely melted off. I knew it was a good fish straight away. It was just a dead weight with the occasional nod of its head.
“It weeded me up on three occasions but with steady pressure the dying weed soon gave way and up she popped. I managed to slip the net under it first time, flicked on the head torch for a look and got all excited at what I saw!
“She went 46lb 8oz, which is a new personal best.
The courier driver from Baildon, West Yorkshire, added: “I went on to catch two more twenties – a 21lb mirror and a 22lb mirror – and five high doubles. What a winter session! I won’t be forgetting this one for a long time!”
This is a catch to really give you faith in zig rigs. All these carp took little bits of buoyant foam fished on their own as single hookbaits. Many anglers still struggle to fully believe in zigs, but at this time of year, as the fish are starting to become more active, then can be the perfect tactic.