A VERY RARE SLIP-UP BY 40lb 6oz COMMON
Sandford’s fourth trip to the bank
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.