58lb 2oz Wood Carv­ing Com­mon out af­ter year’s ab­sence

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

IT’S a well-worn say­ing in an­gling that ef­fort equals re­ward, but this ad­di­tion to Adam Matthews’ photo al­bum is proof of just that.

The Wood Carv­ing Com­mon, an in­cred­i­bly long fish of 58lb 2oz, had not been caught for al­most a year at Kevin Nash’s Copse Lake un­til the Kent an­gler put in a Her­culean shift to avoid a blank.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the venue’s new open-ac­cess pol­icy, Adam booked a five-day ses­sion and ini­tially opted to fish the neigh­bour­ing Church Lake be­fore switch­ing to the Copse on day three.

“All week I’d been lap­ping it ev­ery so of­ten and leav­ing some small ar­eas of bait where I thought they might feed,” said the YouTube tech blog­ger.

“How­ever, they all re­mained un­touched so it was now go­ing to be a stalk­ing ef­fort – try­ing to find one and catch it on the move.”

Adam found one fish, es­ti­mated at 45lb, and tried to tempt it with free­lined mag­gots and bread to no avail. The fol­low­ing day the same fish did oblige but it tore off through some lilies and snapped the line.

“It was a real low af­ter so much hard work,” said the 38-year-old, “I’d prob­a­bly made over 200 casts of the free­lined bait. I went and sulked.”

Hav­ing re­gained his com­po­sure, Adam, who es­ti­mates he walked around the lake 200 times, opted for a dif­fer­ent ap­proach and pre­sented a mag­got rig on a clay spot close to an is­land.

“Thirty min­utes later the re­ceiver went off and I ran around the lake and picked up the rod, only to see that the fish was weeded up no more than 15ft in front of me. I could see it. As a

lover of the com­mon carp over the mir­ror I knew im­me­di­ately that it was the one I wanted the most.

“Af­ter a small fight get­ting it out of the weed my friend Neil came run­ning round, leapt into the water and net­ted it. My heart was ab­so­lutely thump­ing like never be­fore and the adren­a­line was flow­ing.

“It came up just shy of 60lb, and while ev­ery­one seemed slightly dis­ap­pointed it didn’t hit the mag­i­cal 60 I sat there just star­ing at this whale of a fish, so long that it didn’t even fully fit in the 1m 20cm monster cra­dle that sits in ev­ery swim.

“This was the catch of a life­time. Be­ing in such a spe­cial place just made it even bet­ter.”

Adam worked hard to se­cure the fish he re­ally wanted, the Wood Carv­ing Com­mon at 58lb 2oz.

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