TARKA TAKES OVER AS HEAV­I­EST UK COM­MON

64-pounder from The Av­enue in 110lb 11oz dou­ble hit

Angling Times (UK) - - CARFEED NEWS -

A64lb COM­MON led the way as a Shrop­shire venue pro­duced three fish over 54lb in two days.

The Av­enue switched on in style with a string of big fish grac­ing the banks.

Mike O’Neil bagged the big­gest with the cap­ture of Tarka at ex­actly 64lb, fol­lowed by a 46lb 11oz mir­ror for an in­cred­i­ble pair of carp to­talling 110lb 11oz.

The 42-year-old Liver­pudlian told Carpfeed: “I was just gob­s­macked. I was over­whelmed.”

It’s the heav­i­est recorded weight for Tarka, the big­gest liv­ing com­mon in Bri­tain, beat­ing the 63lb 4oz cap­ture of the Lee Jack­son Com­mon from Straw­berry Fields in Kent three years ago.

Mike, who is in his se­cond year on the venue, added: “I hoped to catch a fifty in the UK, but I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d catch a 64lb com­mon.

“It was a slow, weird take, but when I hit into it it took off and went over the cen­tral bar and over the other side of the lake.

“I could feel the line rub­bing on the bar and thought I’d lose it, and then two swans de­cided to swim across the line!

“In the end I had to net it from the next swim down be­cause it had taken me all over. The first time we saw it was when its shoul­ders broke sur­face 10yds out,

and the two lads be­hind me just went eerily quiet!”

Mike used a Main­line Es­sen­tial Cell hook­bait on a combi rig made with Korda hook­links and a Fox curve-shanked hook.

John Lee and Carl Sharp got in on the act too, with mir­rors of 54lb 12oz and 55lb 10oz.

Carl’s fish was his fourth UK 50-pounder in the last 16 months.

The An­gling Di­rect store man­ager, who used 10mm PCF Squid­dly Did­dly pop-ups with

mesh bags, told Carpfeed: “It didn’t take long be­fore one of the rods hooped round and I com­menced bat­tle for a good 25 min­utes.

“In the net it looked colos­sal, and at 55lb 10oz it beat my pre­vi­ous pb by 3oz.

“It’s great to get among a few a lit­tle ear­lier into the sea­son this year, as last year proved that the lake is not as easy as some think. Cap­tures are few and far be­tween for the ac­tual rod hours put in.”

Carl Sharp banked Black Scar at 55lb 10oz. It’s of­fi­cial! Tarka, Bri­tain’s big­gest com­mon.

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