‘Carp God’ statue un­veiled... and it shines on lucky an­gler with 88lb brace

Fry­ern­ing’s Easter Is­land looka­like smiles on cap­tor of 50lb 6oz Mom­mon

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - THOM AIRS Se­nior Re­porter

AGRANITE carp god weigh­ing 3.5 tonnes has al­ready smiled on one an­gler af­ter tak­ing up res­i­dence at a pop­u­lar venue.

The im­pos­ing statue, mod­elled on the fa­mous Easter Is­land heads, was lev­ered into po­si­tion with help from brick­layer Carl Bax­ter, who then got his rods out and banked two fish for 87lb, in­clud­ing a 50lb 6oz com­mon.

The 8ft-tall good-luck charm was placed on the dam wall at Fry­ern­ing Fish­eries’ Main Lake in Es­sex by owner Chris Knowles, who be­lieves an­glers shouldn’t take them­selves too se­ri­ously.

“As an­glers we are al­ways pray­ing to the carp god,” he told An­gling Times, “and if we don’t, we’re in trou­ble!”

Chris said the head, which cost £3,500 and took three months to cre­ate, re­flects his out­look on fish­ing and life.

He said: “A mate of mine de­signed it and I got him to put a cou­ple of scars in the back which an­glers can rub for good luck as they go past.

“I hon­estly be­lieve that if you go fish­ing with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, then nine times out of 10 you will do well. I’d been in this game for 33 years when I dug the lake and this is just one of those silly things you do. It’s a bit of fun – I think peo­ple take life too se­ri­ously some­times.”

One of the carp god’s first du­ties was to look on as Carl Bax­ter, who had helped po­si­tion the statue, caught Mom­mon at 50lb 6oz and then an elu­sive and old mir­ror known as Rid­dler at 36lb 12oz.

The 42-year-old from Ip­swich in Suf­folk said: “It’s my sec­ond UK fifty and a fish I dearly wanted af­ter fish­ing the venue for 18 years. I fed heav­ily ev­ery night, only fish­ing the spot at night af­ter

rest­ing it. “87lb of fish in two casts – wow!” Over the course of his 72-hour ses­sion, Carl fed 8kg of Ac­tiv8 in mixed sizes with a throw­ing stick and fished match­ing pop-ups on chod rigs to a silt patch next to a lilybed on the far-bank mar­gins 100 yards away. “It’s my first time us­ing Main­line for sev­eral years af­ter us­ing other baits, and for­got­ten favourite Ac­tiv8 did me proud,” added Carl, who is also known by the nick­name Ber­tie.

Venue boss Chris told An­gling Times an­other lump of gran­ite is wait­ing to be chis­elled into a skull which may be placed on neigh­bour­ing Val­ley Lakes.

“It’s a bit of fun – I think peo­ple take life too se­ri­ously some­times”

Carl Bax­ter – did the carp god help him catch the 50lb 6oz Mom­mon?

An­glers can rub the two scars on the back of the statue to bring them good luck.

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