THE winter storms saw some terrific carp caught - and one of the finest saw welder Robert Hattan came within 1 oz of the Wintons Fishery record with this fantastic 50 lb 11 oz common.

Brighton, East Sussex-based carp fan Robert, 42, got stuck in from Wintons Fishery’s Kingfisher peg 29 using a CC Moore 15mm Equinox boilie topped with a fake yellow maggot with a PVA bag.

He told Angler’s Mail: “I decided to fish a bottom bait and go back to basics, where it is usually the norm to use a pop-up or snowman. It was my third time on the water and I decided to fish a more unpopular swim by my gut instinct and thankfully it paid off.

“For 24 hours I’d been smashed with 45mph winds and lashing rain to some extreme limits I thought my bivvy was going to take off. By this point every other fisherman had gone home.

“My Delkim started ringing… a blessing to my ears, it had been months since the last time it had played like that. I ran out of my bivvy just about slipped my trainers on, no jacket and rain stinging my eyes.

“My first thoughts were it was 30 lb, bearing in mind my previous PB was 30 lb 2 oz, after about 15 minutes it rolled in front of me and then I thought it could be a 40 lb,” he added.

Robert’s terminal tackle was all from the Korda stable – a size 6 Kurv Shank hook,  Kamo 30 lb coated hook link,  Dark Matter anti-tangle sleeve and a  Dark Matter tungsten tubing with an inline back lead.

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