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.