Lin­ear mir­ror, then a 42lb 4oz ‘un­known’ com­mon

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

ARY Jones notched up his ninth and 10th UK for­ties with two hard­fight­ing Burgh­field spec­i­mens.

The Derby an­gler has been in top form at the ex­pan­sive Berk­shire gravel pit, hav­ing bagged three thir­ties and two twen­ties from the same area a week ear­lier.

“I ar­rived at Burgh­field on Thurs­day lunchtime and dropped back into an area I’d had sev­eral bites from the week be­fore, so the spots were well primed,” said the tiler and plas­terer.

G“With no time wasted the rods were back on the go­ing spots wait­ing for bite time. At 3am I had a few bleeps. I picked up the rod, think­ing it was a tench, and in­stantly got flat-rod­ded by a fish that must have taken 60 yards off me with­out stop­ping – then the hook pulled as the clutch was still in melt­down. I was gut­ted!”

Not to be de­terred, Gary re­cast and saw a good fish show over the area at 8am.

He said: “The next hour was very tense be­fore the swinger whacked to the top and I was in again, though this time the prob­lem was the weed.

“Af­ter a long, hard bat­tle I man­aged to net this awe­some rare slope-backed lin­ear. She looked amaz­ing and weighed 40lb 10oz – my first Burgh­field forty – and I was buzzing with it all.”

Af­ter a quiet week­end, the 34-year-old’s next run came at 8.30am on Monday morn­ing.

“As soon as I picked up the rod I knew I had a good one. The power of th­ese big-pit carp is un­real. I would gain a yard or two and then the fish would go on a mad 30-yard run.

“The fight was like that from start to fin­ish be­fore a big, old­look­ing com­mon hit the net.

“Again it was a rare fish of 42lb 4oz that I never knew was in Burgh­field. I am se­ri­ously blown away by th­ese two carp.”

Gary’s 42lb 4oz Burgh­field com­mon.

A 40lb 10oz mir­ror for Gary.

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