'There's more to come' from big res after 46lb mirror

'There's more to come' from big res after 46lb mirror

A near-300-acre reservoir famed for its silverfish and pike has thrown up a new lake-record carp – and both the captor and fishery manager say there are bigger fish to come.

Bough Beech, which produced 40lb pike in the 1990s and is now a top roach and bream venue, produced the 46lb mirror to Phil Baker.

Fishing manager Ken Crow told Carpfeed: “I stocked that particular fish in about 2004 at about 8lb or 9lb.

“I know there’s bigger carp in there because I reared most of them.”

 46lb of big-res mirror. Epic!

46lb of big-res mirror. Epic!

Phil was the only person on the whole site when he netted the fish in driving rain and hail.

He told Carpfeed: “The rain was incredible, I couldn’t open my eyes, so I was playing the fish with my eyes shut for four or five minutes. I was a drowned rat.”

The bite came just as the 50-year-old manufacturing engineer was packing away after an overnighter yesterday (5/10/17) morning. It took about 20 minutes to land and is Phil’s first UK 40.

 The fish took a 28mm boilie on a size 2 hook

The fish took a 28mm boilie on a size 2 hook

“My previous biggest from Bough Beech was 37lb 2oz. There are certainly bigger fish in there, 100 per cent.

“There are a few that haven’t come out for a long time. The biggest I’ve seen was about a mid-40 five or six years ago.”

Phil estimated the carp stock to be about one fish per acre and said the carp are often pre-occupied on suspended natural food.

He said this week’s large harvest moon was “key to bringing the carp down in the water column”.  

 A mighty mirror from a mighty venue

A mighty mirror from a mighty venue

Reflecting on the capture, he added: “I’ve spent years trying to catch an English 40, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be talking about a 46-pounder. I’m over the moon.”

Big-carp angler Jim Shelley caught the same mirror at over 40lb in July, one of two 40s he’s caught from the Kent reservoir.

Fishery boss Ken added: “There’s quite a few carp in there, but it doesn’t get fished an awful lot. If it was more fished it might be a different story.”

Phil used a homemade 28mm hookbait based on Nutrabaits’ Trigga, mounted on a size 2 Korda Krank tied to 13ins of coated braid.