TV star Dean banks his big­gest-ever carp – try his tips now

Dean’s three-year quest ends with 64lb 8oz French fish the Troll

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

D EAN Macey has banked the fish of a life­time – in the shape of this 64lb 8oz mir­ror carp.

The TV star smashed his per­sonal best at a time of year that many re­gard as the best for tar­get­ing big carp when he set his sights on an in­cred­i­bly snaggy venue and banked the much sought-af­ter res­i­dent known as the Troll.

But this wasn’t the only carp that the pre­sen­ter of The Big Fish Off and Fish­ing All Stars banked. On a trip to a French venue as Dean took a well-earned break from his busy sched­ule, he and fish­ing com­pan­ion Ray Rut­ter bagged 22 oth­ers to 50lb 8oz.

Dean’s three-year quest for the spec­i­men ended when he baited a spot with three dif­fer­ent types of Main­line boilies, tiger nuts and hempseed.

Be­cause the lake is a mine­field of snags and ob­struc­tions, heavy gear was the or­der of the day. The Guru-backed all-rounder beat his prize with a rig made from Korda tackle that in­cluded a size 4 Wide Gape XX hook, 50lb Kamo hook­link and 50lb Dura-Kord leader at­tached to 50lb Apex braided main­line.

“The bite was so fe­ro­cious that my bob­bin ex­ploded against the rod when the fish made its first run,” said Dean.

“I’ve caught some amaz­ing fish in my time but this catch, along with the ex­pe­ri­ence of shar­ing it with one of my best mates, is right up there with my great­est achieve­ments. It’s what fish­ing is all about.

“This is the first time I’ve tar­geted one spe­cific carp, but the Troll is one I’ve been af­ter for three years.

“It hadn’t been caught for 18 months, which is why I went ab­so­lutely men­tal when Ray and I re­alised what I’d hooked… there was some choice lan­guage fly­ing around in my swim, I can tell you.”

“When I re­alised what I’d hooked there was some choice lan­guage fly­ing around in my swim”

The spec­i­men beats a pre­vi­ous per­sonal best that stood at 57lb, and was fooled with a tiger nut hook­bait tipped with a grain of im­i­ta­tion sweet­corn.

“I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amaz­ing venues in my time, but this one is so spe­cial, about as far from a com­mer­cial fish­ery as you can pos­si­bly imag­ine… it’s an an­gler’s dream,” Dean con­tin­ued.

“This place is full of weed, fallen trees, bro­ken pon­toons, even boat an­chors. All th­ese things com­bine to make the cap­ture of this carp such a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for me.

“Now I’m back to fish­ing in the UK I’ll be af­ter some carp here too be­cause there’s no bet­ter time to do it.

“They will re­ally be on the munch as they feed up ready for when the colder weather ar­rives.”

Other fish of the trip in­cluded this 41lb 8oz com­mon.

“This catch, shared with one of my best mates, is right up there with my great­est achieve­ments”

Dean’s suc­ces­ful bait - fake corn and a tiger nut.

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