Two new 40s in trio of Linch Hill lumps

Two new 40s in trio of Linch Hill lumps

Mark Litchfield bagged a trio of 40s in a two-week session at Linch Hill’s Christchurch.

Two of the fish are new 40-pounders for the famous Oxfordshire water.

The Northampton angler said: “I got to the lake and it hadn’t done a bite in four days, but I got set up by mid-afternoon and caught my first carp at 8pm.

“I caught two more over the next couple of days, then the following day at 4am I landed a huge common at 40lb4oz.

“Neither I nor my friends recognised it and it turned out to be rare fish and a new 40 for the venue – it had tiny pectoral and pelvic fins.

“I have since obtained permission from the venue to name the carp and decided on ‘Litchy’s Common’.

 A new 40 for the venue, now known as Litchy’s Common

A new 40 for the venue, now known as Litchy’s Common

“The bites dried up after that and I moved swims to get back on the fish. After three nights I caught a brace of 40s; a mirror named Cracker at 40lb 9oz which is normally around 37lb-38lb and had never been over 40lb, and Baby Perch at 40lb 4oz.”

 This 40lb 9oz mirror is called Cracker

This 40lb 9oz mirror is called Cracker

Mark, who baited with Sticky Krill pellets and Manilla boilies, ended up with four 20s during his stay.

“What a session,” said the 52-year-old, who used white Krill hookbaits on blow-back rigs made with Korda components.

 Baby Perch (you now have the Baby Shark song in your head. Sorry)

Baby Perch (you now have the Baby Shark song in your head. Sorry)