A staggering haul of British carp saw Roger Bacon catch so many fish he got through 80kg of boilies and lost half a stone of bodyweight due to the exertion.
The almost unfathomable session took place at Grenville Lake in Cambridgeshire and produced a 53lb 14oz mirror, four 40s and 18 30s in a catch totalling more than 60 carp.
“At one stage I had three landing nets and two retainers with fish in,” said the Manchester angler.
“It was exhausting, to the point where every day about tea time I’d have backache, armache and a bit of a headache.
“I was fishing at 140yds and obviously not every cast goes exactly where you want it, so I don’t know how many times I cast out but it must’ve been hundreds.
“The official total of fish was 54 but it was probably more than 60 as I caught a few stockies that I just unhooked in the net.”
The Northern Angling Show director added: “It was one of those sessions where you know there’s the potential to catch a lot of fish, but it’s whether you can keep putting the effort in.
“I actually lost 7lb in weight during the session, which shows the actual graft of it all.”
Amazingly, the fishing didn’t really kick off until the third morning of the six-nighter when the weather cooled and fish began showing beside an island.
Before that, Roger had already waited 24 hours to get in the swim and had then caught a comparatively modest five fish to 41lb close in.
“In the same swim during the same week last season a bloke had 35 fish, so it’s an area that’s always got fish in it at this time of year.
“When the temperature dropped and a bit of low pressure came in I started putting 15kg of bait in every morning.
“In the end I used 80kg and I think I actually needed more bait. I had just one bite in the hours of darkness, so I was able to get six or seven hours of sleep each night before things kicked off during the day.”
Roger added: “On Grenville it’s a boilie-only water and the owner [Paul Ward] encourages you to bait heavily with quality boilies, so he’ll actually offer to bait up for you from his boat – so at least I wasn’t spodding out 15kg every morning!”
All the fish came to Nash Scopex Squid boilies with small pop-ups presented on Ronnie rigs made with Nash components.
“People use the expression ‘a session of a lifetime’ all the time, but it’s certainly my best session ever in 35 years of carp fishing and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever beat it.”