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.”
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.
“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”.
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.