YEAR-LONG OBSESSION BRINGS ITS REWARD
One of Britain’s wiliest carp finally put on the bank
AS THE nation’s most famous carp angler, Terry Hearn has a big-fish CV most anglers could only dream of, with countless 40lb carp and seven over 50lb to his name.
Figuring out which of his long list of captures ranks as his finest is no easy task, but when the man himself banked the mighty Burghfield Common, he claimed it was the highlight of his career.
After a 12-month obsession at the notoriously difficult 94-acre Burghfield Lake near
Reading, the Surrey-based angler finally landed his prize, weighing in at 47lb 14oz.
The fact that it had only been caught five times in the previous 12 years is testament to the challenge that faced Terry. But in a typical display of determination, Terry left no stone unturned. At the time he said: “It truly is a ‘mythical creature’, as not only is it very rarely caught, it’s also very rarely seen.”
Hours spent walking and cycling round the banks of the Berkshire pit played a crucial part in Terry’s quest. After spotting the fish twice in the same area, he knew where his chance would come and chose his spot, which he then spent weeks priming with feed.
The memorable session started with Terry baiting a swim just 10ft from the bank with pellets, chopped boilies and tiger nuts. Terry then positioned a double tiger nut hookbait over the top.
Terry had to wait two more days before he got a take which, although he didn’t realise it at first, saw him connected to the carp of his dreams.
Terry Hearn with the ‘mythical’ Burghfield Common at 47lb 14oz.