Benedict Fowler came back with a bang as his first session after a four-month break produced three twenties and a thirty from Farlows.
Fishing Lake One at the popular Buckinghamshire complex, Benedict caught a common known as Tyson at 36lb, plus other fish of 29lb 8oz, 27lb, 23lb, and two doubles.
The Oxfordshire angler told Carpfeed: “After a four-month break from my fishing I was keen to get back out on the bank and bag myself a few carp.
“I managed to get myself into a swim called Scotts Right and with a nice south-westerly breeze, three islands and a margin to use to my advantage I fancied my chances.
“When I arrived I spent an hour picking my spots. I decided to go with one in the little channel 11 wraps out to my right just on the tip of the island, one in open water and one on the island to the left.
“The first fish fell to a 6ft zig cast on top of an 8ft hump. The rod actually went off in my hand and I was convinced it was foul hooked until I got it in the net. Luckily it was not and the fight resulted in a stunning 29lb mirror.”
A quiet night followed before Benedict lost a fish in the morning. Two hours later, however, the same rod was away and a pretty linear came to the net.
“I then recast all the rods,” said Benedict, “I managed to do the left-hand rod perfectly and drilled the lead under the willow tree hanging from the corner of the island. Four hours later the right-hand rod, which was down the margin, was away. This resulted in a 27lb mirror.
“Just as it got in the net the left-hand rod pulled up tight and I was in again! This time I could tell it was something more substantial and after a gentle fight, trying to keep the fish high and away from any bars, the prize was in the net. It was a fish called Tyson at 36lb, one of the biggest commons in Farlows! This also topped my pb by 2lb.”
Another twenty and two doubles followed to cap a memorable 48-hour session.
Benedict said: “I was so pleased to be back out on the bank and catching again, and what a start for the first trip of the year!”
Aside from the zig-caught fish, Benedict used yellow pop-ups on Ronnie rigs made with size 6 wide-gape hooks and Taska Evolve hooklinks.