“Months and months of silent rods” ended in incredible fashion for Rob Allen as he banked one of the best carp in the land.
The 36-year-old builder shed tears as he scooped the net under the Tatton Park Common at a new Cheshire-record of 57lb 4oz.
The huge common can only be fished for during the day from a small portion of the large park lake.
“It was the toughest challenge you could ever imagine,” said Rob, “and almost broke me mentally and physically, but it was worth every minute now I've caught the North West record and the finest-looking carp I will ever set my eyes on – incredible!
“It almost brought me to tears – I won't lie, there were a few when it went in the net.”
Rob said he had used “massive amounts of bait over a two-year baiting campaign”, but the ultra-challenging venue had not played ball until last week.
“On August 10 I set out for a run of four day sessions as the weekend before had seen me bank my first fish of the year after months and months of silent rods.
“What a fish it was, it was the finest-looking common I'd ever seen, tipping the scales to an impressive 32lb 8oz.
“It was a season maker, it made me believe I was very close to achieving my goal, so the following weekend couldn't come quick enough.”
Another four day sessions were planned, but the Warrington angler need just the first one to complete his mission.
Rob baited with Sticky Krill and Manilla, plus hemp and mixed particles from Cheshire Particle.
He presented a snowman rig on a long hair tied with a size 4 Korda Krank and ESP Tungsten Loaded Semi Stiff.