TICK­ING THE BOX!

45lb 12oz Box Com­mon comes qui­etly on so­cial ses­sion

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

THE Box Com­mon, one of the most sought-after day-ticket carp in the coun­try, has been banked at 45lb 12oz.

Luke Thor­nett caught the fish dur­ing a three-night ses­sion at St John’s, on the Lin­ear Fish­eries com­plex in Ox­ford­shire.

The 30-year-old from Ox­ford also snared two 20lb mir­rors dur­ing his ses­sion in the Point swim at the pop­u­lar gravel pit.

He told An­gling Times: “When I ar­rived it was flat calm and the fish were fizzing like mad – there were pin­prick bub­bles all over so I knew the fish were there.”

The elec­tri­cian fished to a gravel bar just 30 yards out and baited with boilies and hemp.

He said: “On the first night the bar was cov­ered with float­ing weed that had been cut by the weed-cut­ting boat and had an­chored on the bar. But by the sec­ond night the wind had picked up and cleared it.”

The Box Com­mon ap­peared at 6.30am on Luke’s fi­nal day. He said. “It was an ab­so­lute one­toner, but when I hit into it it just kited straight into the weed, which

“When I ar­rived in the Point swim it was flat calm and the fish were fizzing like mad – there were pin­prick bub­bles all over”

wasn’t at­tached to any­thing, so it cov­ered its eyes and the fish just came straight in.

“When I got it in the net I ex­pected it to be a lit­tle pasty, but when I pulled the weed away I knew it was a big com­mon.

“I don’t usu­ally fish th­ese sorts of waters – I pre­fer low-stock pits where I can be left alone – so it’s mad that I only went down for a so­cial and had this one!”

CATCH OF THE WEEK 45lb 12oz BOX COM­MON, ST JOHN’S LAKE

Luke with the Box Com­mon at 45lb 12oz.

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