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THIS one ticks a lot of boxes for us. It’s a beau­ti­ful fish, it weighs a stonk­ing 47lb 12oz and it was caught us­ing real in­ge­nu­ity.

Dan Taylor, who has banked a num­ber of huge fish in the last year, caught this 4ft-long beast, which hadn’t been out all year, just a foot from the bank in a swim that rarely gets fished.

The peg con­tains what Dan called a “sav­age gravel ledge” that hin­ders line lay, but by us­ing a storm pole to drape his main­line over, he was able to hook the fish then land it af­ter an epic boat bat­tle.

“It took a bit of thought and process to catch it, which made it all the more re­ward­ing,” said the 28-year-old. THERE’S a cer­tain pres­sure that comes with nam­ing a fish the Wood Carv­ing, but we don’t think any­one can dis­agree about the beauty of this one.

What as­tounds us is the fact this fish, caught by Adam Matthews at Kevin Nash’s Copse Lake, weighs 58lb 2oz yet car­ries that bulk so well. It com­pletely filled a 120cm-long carp cra­dle and proves big can be beau­ti­ful.

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