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51lb 8oz carp falls dur­ing fierce storm

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THIS 51lb 8oz day-ticket com­mon left life­long an­gler Han­nah Kingston truly speech­less.

The 24-year-old caught the fish from Birch at Old Mill Lakes in Lin­colnshire in con­di­tions so fierce her bivvy blew away soon af­ter­wards.

The Eric’s An­gling Cen­tre worker told Carpfeed: “I gen­uinely can’t put into words what it means to me. Not many peo­ple know or un­der­stand what fish­ing means to me and what a big part of my life it is.” The former fish­eries

man­age­ment stu­dent, who has caught five thir­ties from the venue

this year, was fish­ing in text­book big-fish con­di­tions with part­ner Adam Snow­den.

Han­nah said: “We were right on the end of the wind, and it was bru­tal. The rain lasted all day, and through­out the storm I no­ticed fish show­ing con­sis­tently in the area.

“Just be­fore dark I was ly­ing on my bed and I had a cou­ple of bleeps. When I looked round the bob­bin had pulled right up so I got out. As I stepped out of my bivvy it dropped right back – I was in!”

The ini­tial fight was un­spec­tac­u­lar, but after the fish

charged down the mar­gins and then sur­faced in front of Han­nah

she knew it wasn’t a small one.

“It was clear this wasn’t the stockie I ini­tially thought it was. There was no mis­tak­ing that this was the Big Com­mon, the most wanted fish in the lake!

“So, heart rac­ing, legs shak­ing, I grabbed the net and after a scary few min­utes it was in!

“The con­di­tions were still hor­ren­dous and that night, after catch­ing the big com­mon, I woke up at 2.30am as my bivvy blew away in the wind and rain!”

Han­nah baited heav­ily with Sticky Krill boilies and used slip-D rigs made with Gard­ner Mugga hooks and E-S-P Tung­sten Loaded to present match­ing wafter baits.

Han­nah Kingston was left speech­less after land­ing the Big Com­mon at 51lb 8oz dur­ing a fierce storm.

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