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Church Lake haul also fea­tures two up­per thir­ties

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

Top carp re­vealed

WHEN Leon Michael foul-hooked a known mid-forty early in his ses­sion at Nash’s Church Lake you could have for­given him for think­ing his luck was out.

But the 30-year-old’s re­solve in re­turn­ing the mon­ster un­weighed and un­pho­tographed was re­warded as he went on to land two up­per thir­ties and a le­git­i­mate mir­ror of 45lb 8oz.

Un­der the guid­ance of Jamie Clos­sick, Leon set­tled into the Cabin swim on his first trip to the Es­sex big-fish venue.

With two rods over bait, Leon at­tached a zig rig to his third and kept it mov­ing around the swim.

He said: “Af­ter only a cou­ple of hours, my alarm screamed and I was into a good fish. A very heavy fish put up a great bat­tle and

fi­nally gave in, but un­for­tu­nately the hook wasn’t in the mouth so it wouldn’t count.

“At mid-forty and a pb, I was gut­ted, but was hope­ful there would be more to fol­low.”

Leon’s prayers were an­swered the next morn­ing, as one of his short-range rods pro­duced a scaly 37lb 12oz mir­ror. “I knew it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the same rod would go again,” he said.

“At around 5pm an­other take to this rod re­sulted in an­other great

bat­tle and an even big­ger fish at 38lb 8oz.

“We pho­tographed the carp and I was just slip­ping her back when my mid­dle rod erupted. This fish felt like it was on an­other level al­to­gether, with pow­er­ful lunges in the deep mar­gins.

“Af­ter a num­ber of hairy mo­ments I jumped into the lake to slip the net un­der what had to be a new pb for me.

“The scales con­firmed my big­gest carp at 45lb 8oz!”

“I jumped into the lake to slip the net un­der what had to be a new per­sonal best”

The big­gest of the lot! Leon Michael with the 45lb 8oz spec­i­men.

Leon bat­tled to land this 38lb 8oz carp.

In­cluded in the haul was this 37lb 12oz fish.

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