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Orchid hits form with thirties galore

Ben Davis had never caught a 30-pounder before the beginning of last week. After 12 hours on Britain’s most in-form water he had six to his name.The Swindon angler’s amazing session came at Orchid Lake after his mate Kev Hewitt, who bagged four thirties himself, invited him down to cash in on the Oxfordshire venue’s stunning form.In 24 hours in ...

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  • 26 January 2015

Long wait for 41lb 4oz mirror carp

A weed-hampered battle in freezing conditions eventually yielded this 41lb 4oz mirror at a Bedfordshire pit.Mark Ayliffe had to bide his time during the tussle with the fish, known as Scale on the Shoulder, but eventually won the day.He said: “I picked up the rod and lent in to a heavy fish which went straight in to a weedbed. It ...

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  • 23 January 2015

Gurm fooled at 54lb

The Main Lake at Fryerning Fisheries rounded off a fantastic year with a new complex record.This big mirror, known as the Gurm, has featured frequently in these pages in the last 12 months but just before Christmas it pulled the scales round to a top-weight 54lb at the Essex syndicate water.Paul Shearer was the successful angler, snaring the fish from ...

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  • 23 January 2015

Orchid's Daisy is new lake record

Orchid Lake has exploded into its now-customary post-Christmas form with a string of big carp topped by this new lake record.The 40lb 3oz mirror, known as Daisy, is currently the biggest carp in the Oxfordshire day-ticket water and follows in the footsteps of its previous forties such as Arnie and The Italian. Captor Carl Powell told Angling Times: “I’m still ...

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  • 23 January 2015

31lb common caught in freezing conditions

This frosty scene hints at the difficulty Robert Mitchell had in landing this pristine common of 31lb 8oz.On a night when temperatures dipped to -3c, the 18-year-old student was awoken by sporadic bleeps on one of his alarms and got up to find his setup completely frozen.He said: “When I picked up the rod I had to blow warm air ...

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  • 22 January 2015

New personal best with 46lb mirror carp from Kingsmead

Everything game together for Haydn Hoskins as he bagged one of his main targets from Kingsmead One.The Nash consultant has been concentrating on the Berkshire venue this winter and managed to snare the 46lb mirror known as Mr Pink during a period of milder weather.He said: “Any winter capture to me is a good one but a winter forty, upping ...

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  • 21 January 2015

Archaeologist unearths huge carp from pit

A five-year quest that “turned into an obsession” ended in triumph for Jon Baczkowski as he caught the one he wanted in an incredible session.In 48 crazy hours at a southern pit, the archaeologist uncovered this longed-for 42lb 10oz mirror, two thirties, four twenties and an 18-pounder.Jon, from Lewes in East Sussex, said: “I’ve spent five years hunting this fish, ...

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  • 20 January 2015

New lake record at Furzebray Carp Lakes

Furzebray Carp Lakes was in fine pre-Christmas form with two notable captures in particular.Cornish angler Dave Page set a new lake record on the Island Carp Lake at the Devon venue with the capture of Charlotte at 41lb 14oz during a massively successful trip. The big mirror fell during a wet and windy 24-hour session that also yielded The Mint ...

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  • 16 January 2015

Bury Hill thirty on triple-boilie hookbait

This 30lb 6oz common provided teenager Dan McGinnis with one of Bury Hill’s bigger residents.The 17-year-old targeted the Old Lake at the Surrey complex and fished tight to the island from peg 36. The youngster, from nearby Brockham, used three 12mm Steve Renyard Contrast boilies on a hair rig over a very small scattering of loose offerings.His cousin, Tom McGinnis, ...

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  • 16 January 2015

Three big carp give captor runaround

Chasing the fish back and forth across the lake eventually paid dividends for Nick Burrage as he banked two thirties and a twenty in quick succession.The Shropshire angler endured a biteless night in his first-choice swim before spying fish at the other end of the lake. Having packed up and headed to a new swim, the Gardner Tackle consultant suffered ...

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  • 16 January 2015

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