YEAR-LONG OB­SES­SION BRINGS ITS RE­WARD

One of Bri­tain’s wil­i­est carp fi­nally put on the bank

Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -

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.

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Terry Hearn with the ‘myth­i­cal’ Burgh­field Com­mon at 47lb 14oz.

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