Sand­ford’s fourth trip to the bank

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

NO WON­DER this com­mon looks im­mac­u­late – it was last caught four years ago and has only been banked four times in its life.

The mag­nif­i­cent 40lb 6oz Sand­ford Com­mon fell to Jack Keat­ing at Din­ton Pas­tures’ White Swan and, un­der­stand­ably, left him over­whelmed.

The 26-year-old said: “I couldn’t be­lieve my eyes – the Sand­ford Com­mon! To most on the syn­di­cate it is the ul­ti­mate com­mon, last caught in 2012 and only banked four times in its life.”

The fish came dur­ing the New­bury rod’s three-nighter at the coun­cil-owned Berk­shire venue.

“Since Au­gust I’ve been bait­ing an area that sel­dom sees a line, in the mid­dle of the lake,” said the self-em­ployed car­pen­ter.

Hav­ing baited heav­ily with chopped boilies, the take came at 11pm on the sec­ond day.

“It was by far the most pow­er­ful, surg­ing run I have ever had,” said Jack. “It was strip­ping line for fun on an ex­tremely tight clutch.”

After a fraught 20-minute bat­tle, Jack won – and only then re­alised just how spe­cial the fish was. “It’s my first UK 40lb-plus com­mon, and what a venue and what a fish to do it with,” he said.

Im­mac­u­late – the Sand­ford Com­mon, out at 40lb 6oz.

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