One of the most sought-after fish on the Linear Fisheries site has been banked at a new top weight - by a tench angler.
Patrick Dower caught Kempy’s Linear from Manor Farm at the Oxfordshire day-ticket complex at an all-time high of 48lb 14oz.
It was the Yorkshireman’s first visit to the venue, but he was actually there for a four-day tench trip with fellow specialist Richard Wearing.
Patrick said: “Not knowing the lake well, I spent the first afternoon finding spots with my Deeper fishfinder at about 40yds-50yds.
“This proved worthwhile with the tench coming steadily on all three rods.
“In the middle of the afternoon one of the rods at 72yds produced a run that was a bit more positive than the others.
“I wasn’t sure it was a carp and admit I was hoping it was a huge tench. I could soon see it was a nice carp, but was still unaware of the magnitude of the situation.
“I only realised it was a real beast when I collapsed the net to transfer it to the unhooking mat. I called Richard and he recognised the fish immediately.”
The carp, which has a habit of falling to tench anglers, was caught on a bunch of maggots on a size 12 hook.