IT'S NO wonder so many British carp fans make at least one annual pilgrimage to France each year when fish like this are there to be caught...

Hooked Tackle director Spencer Hoard couldn’t have wished for a better trip to Carpasens when he topped a good haul with this 82 lb 12 oz common.

The 47-year-old from Newmarket, Suffolk, added a 62 lb 8 oz mirror, three 40s to 48 lb 8 oz and two 30s using Sticky Baits 20 mm and 24 mm Krill boilies.

Spencer said: “We had the whole 60 acres between six of us in total; myself and five customers of Hooked Tackle.

“I have now been to this particular venue for four years straight and off the back of a particularly ‘painful’ week catching only 35 bream last year.

“My first night this year having coming out of the draw in sixth place from a lesser favoured swim resulted in a carp bite in the early hours but it pulled out.

“The second night produced a 62 lb 8 oz mirror which would have been a great result alone.

“Then the weather changed and sport improved. When I had the big one I was shocked.

“I don’t imagine I will ever witness anything like it again for as long as I continue fishing, but I’m pretty sure I will die trying,” added the Hooked Tackle man.

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