LEROY SWAN became the third member of the "Wingham Super Virgins Club" when his first carp from the amazing Kent water was over 50 lb.
Leroy also set a new record for Wingham’s Main Lake by over 5 lb when he matted the 56 lb 14 oz mirror on his debut session.
Wingham fishery creator Steve Burke said: “Fishing in last week’s cold snap, Leroy saw a big fish jump but stayed where he was for the rest of the day.
“However, he then moved swims to ensure he was able to cover the spot at the same time the following morning.
“Just half an hour after casting out a single Mainline pineapple pop-up his clutch screamed and he eventually banked an elusive mirror that hadn’t been out for five years. The fish came from a lightly-weeded silty gully at 140 yards.
“This fish has a huge frame and has the potential to grow bigger still. The Main Lake fish are on average about three years younger than those in the Carp Lake, so many of us expect the little-fished Main Lake to do even better.”
Leroy, 54, from Teynham, said: “This is beyond my wildest dreams. Wingham is everything I thought it would be and more. Amazingly, I was the only one on 40 acres.”
The smaller 15 acre Carp Lake at Wingham has six carp over 50 lb topped by a 60 lb 8 oz mirror and a 59 lb 8 oz common but both of the lightly stocked rich lakes have the potential to challenge the British record in the next five to ten years.
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