[VIDEO] Bite caught on camera for second 50 of the summer

[VIDEO] Bite caught on camera for second 50 of the summer

Michael Ruthven caught his second 50-pounder of the summer despite coming last in a draw for swims.

Having banked Black Spot from Wingham in Kent at 52lb 2oz in June, Michael went one better by banking this 59lb 8oz mirror from Holme Fen.

The giant carp came during a week-long social session with seven friends on Meadows Lake on the Cambridgeshire day-ticket site.

On day three, Michael got off the mark from the Lookout swim with a mid-twenty common before latching into the monster mirror a few hours later – a bite he caught on video.

 Michael’s swim for the week

Michael’s swim for the week

“I was on my rod in a flash, straightaway I knew it was a larger fish, it felt heavy and slow.

“It was at range and took some time to gain line. At one point I felt it grating on some weed, but while walking back and keeping pressure on it I eventually moved it through the weedbed – a heart-stopping moment!

“At about 30yds out I saw it break the surface and it was at this point I knew it was a good fish.”

With help from his friend Alan, Michael got the fish in the net before being struck by the moment.

 59lb 8oz of Holme Fen mirror

59lb 8oz of Holme Fen mirror

“I then realised that the whole battle was on video. Grabbing the camera, I walked down to look into the net to see the fish and realised to my astonishment it was massive.

“My legs were trembling, my heart was pounding, my thoughts were racing.”

Michael fed mixed-size Dynamite Monster Tigernut boilies and used matching pop-ups as hookbaits on 6-9ins fluorocarbon rigs tied with size 6 Korda Wide Gapes.