ONE of the most promising carp venues in the country, Wingham, has produced its first 60 lb giant – and the fishery boss predicts much more to come.
Dan Taylor nabbed the 60 lb 8 oz mirror from the Carp Lake at Kent’s tough but rewarding Wingham Fisheries after nabbing the then lake record 59 lb 8 oz common last year.
On his first trip back to Wingham since early August, Dan extended the lake record, this time with the stunning mirror in an amazing almost simultaneous triple take!
Just after dawn on the first day of a three night session, the 27-year-old tree surgeon had a low 20 lb common in his net when a second rod roared off.
He ended up with two commons in his net at once, so released the first, smaller one and weighed the second at 29 lb 14 oz. As he was doing so he had a take on his third rod.
Tremendous scrap with 60-pounder
Dan, from Ashford in the same county, said: “The third fish put up a tremendous scrap and my heart was in my mouth when I saw the black spot on her flank that meant I’d hooked the biggest mirror in the lake. When I eventually managed to land her I was shaking.
“I was shaking even more when the bailiff weighed her at 60 lb 8 oz. I was still shaking as I struggled to lift her for the photos.”
Dan took the big girl at 110 yards in a silty gully 11-14 feet deep on a 15 mm Nash Bait White Citrus pop-up boilies amongst 2 kilos of 10 and 15 mm Nash Key freebies.
More 60-pounders in the future at Wingham
Wingham boss and creator, Steve Burke, who also has an eye open for a bream record at his two lake syndicate, thinks there’s a good chance of a few other 60-pounders over the next decade.
Steve told Angler’s Mail: “This fish was born at Wingham and is still growing fast, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what she’ll reach.”
“I’ve genuinely no idea if this fish could hit 70 lb. As I’ve said many times before, with the way I run Wingham we’re in uncharted territory.
“As most of the 50s were born at Wingham I don’t know exactly how old they are. However I always predicted that the first generation of carp that were born here would grow the biggest.
“We’re lost count of the 40s in the Carp Lake at the moment as we haven’t had time to go through the photos for a while. However there’s been five different 50s plus two 49s.”
Lot of mystery in Wingham Main Lake
Steve continued: “On the Main Lake that I opened fully for carp fishing only in March last year there’s a lot of mystery. It has already produced 11 different 40s including a scraper 50.
“The fish are even younger than in the Carp Lake, and many of us think that it’ll surpass even the Carp Lake before long. Certainly it could throw up a few surprises as it’s had very little pressure,” predicted Steve.
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