Day ses­sion treat brings son 45lb 5oz reser­voir com­mon

Angling Times (UK) - - TACKLE NEWS -

DAY-TICKET carp don’t get much big­ger or bet­ter-look­ing than this stun­ning 45lb 5oz com­mon landed by Michael Monk. The 32-year-old was tar­get­ing his lo­cal Waltham­stow No.3 Reser­voir for a 12-hour ses­sion with his fa­ther when he landed the new pb from his only bite of the day.

It marked a wel­come up­turn in for­tunes for Michael, who was made re­dun­dant re­cently.

He said: “My dad very kindly treated me to a day ses­sion up the ’Stow… and what a treat it was! This mas­sive com­mon is one of the two big­gest carp in the lake, the other be­ing a 45lb-plus mir­ror, which I would dearly love to catch.

“I count my­self ex­tremely lucky to have caught this amaz­ing crea­ture and to be able to share it all with my dad. It was amaz­ing to be able to fish next to one another all day – and to see him slip the net un­der this lump will al­ways be a great mem­ory for me.”

Michael used the sim­plest of tac­tics to tempt the mighty com­mon from the 12-acre venue. His stan­dard bot­tom bait rig com­prised a 10ins Nash Ar­mourlink hook­link, a size 6 Nash Fang X hook and a 16mm boilie on a long hair.

“I spread 1kg of Sticky Baits

“I count my­self ex­tremely lucky to have caught this amaz­ing crea­ture”

Manilla boilies over two rods, spaced a rod length apart, at 60 yards range close to an is­land. I kept the boilies go­ing in all day, cat­a­pult­ing a small hand­ful over each rod ev­ery 20 min­utes or so.

“Carp fish­ing is my pas­sion, so to have caught this whack­ing 45-pounder is a dream come true, es­pe­cially as it’s from my home town!” con­cluded Michael.


A de­lighted Michael and his 45lb 5oz com­mon.

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