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Carl Sharp banks a fifty and a 46-pounder on his stag do

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ABEST man is there to sup­port the groom through his big day – and that’s just what Phil Hor­ton did as his mate Carl Sharp banked his sec­ond fifty of 2016.

Carl had booked Mead­ows Lake at Holme Fen in Cam­bridgeshire for a week-long stag do with a group of friends and hooked into this 52lb 7oz mir­ror five min­utes af­ter Phil ar­rived in his swim.

“He wasn’t sup­posed to get there un­til later that evening,” said West Mid­lan­der Carl, “but he man­aged to leave work early and I met him at the gate just as I was com­ing back from the shops.

“I was in the Party Point swim, so I told him to dou­ble up in there with me. I’d just cast my first rod back out and was wrap­ping up the sec­ond one when I got the bite.”

The Wil­len­hall An­gling Di­rect shop man­ager, who gets mar­ried in Greece later this year, also man­aged a 46lb 7oz mir­ror on the penul­ti­mate morn­ing of the week­long ses­sion.

Af­ter a slow start, Carl’s fifty ar­rived on the fourth day af­ter rest­ing one of his spots.

“There’s a small clear chan­nel at 70 yards down the cen­tre of the lake, which I baited and fished over to be­gin with, but on the sec­ond day I saw fish show­ing at range and put all three rods on sin­gle hook­baits at about 130 yards,” said Carl, who banked a 54lb Rose­mere mir­ror in April.

Af­ter keep­ing his rods at range, the 32-year-old added a bit more bait to the shorter spot but did not fish there un­til just be­fore his bite.

He said: “I put a sin­gle hook­bait on the spot af­ter com­ing back from hav­ing a shower and pop­ping to the shops, and it was away be­fore I could get the sec­ond rod in.”

Best man Phil was re­warded for bring­ing a dose of good luck by catch­ing his own forty, at 43lb 12oz, the next day.

Fel­low stag-party mem­ber Lee Rolfe also caught a per­sonal best of 45lb 2oz.

“It’s just off the scale,” said Carl of the av­er­age size of fish. “You can go to France and still have to wade through twen­ties, so for us to have four fish over 40lb is in­cred­i­ble.”

Carl Sharp and his 52lb 7oz Holme Fen mir­ror.

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