Peter Bond rectified a case of mistaken identity with the capture of Charlie’s Mate at 51lb 15oz.
The 64-year-old, known to many as Pete the Painter, thought he’d caught the coveted Frimley Pit Three fish in June at 48lb 3oz, but now knows that was another big common called Black Eye.
“It turns out the fish I caught at 48lb 3oz wasn’t Charlie’s Mate after all,” chuckled Peter speaking to Carpfeed, “But I’ve had it now!”
The fish came during a 48-hour session at the beginning of August that also produced a 32lb 9oz common in scorching heat.
“At 6am on the second morning the bobbin whacked up to the rod and after a slow, heavy fight in the net lay a monster of a common,” said the Berkshire angler.
“The dial on the scales was pulled round to a whopping 51lb 15oz and this time no mistaken identity – it was Charlie’s Mate!”
As with the capture of Black Eye, Peter baited with groats, hemp, corn, maples and 12mm Nash Candy Nut Crush boilies. He presented a Candy Nut Crush snowman rig on a coated-braid hooklink with 3ins stripped back.