ALL-ROUND specimen fish ace Tony Gibson proved he’s just as good at catching big carp as most other coarse species when he caught this epic 50 lb 2 oz common carp.
The common carp was a very special catch for Tony, chairman of the Northampton Specimen Group…. who already has a logbook of super-specimens.
The former British barbel record holder, and former Angler’s Mail Specimen Cup champion, set a new carp PB by over 5 lb with the fish, called the Box Common.
It lurks in Swan Pit on the Bluebell complex in Northamptonshire, a venue whose mega common carp called Benson made the front page of national newspaper, The Times, when it died back in 2009.
Tony, 53, explained his Box Common success story: “I liked the look of the low-pressure and big winds that were forecasted, so made plans for a midweek carp session.
“As usual it was quite busy when I arrived, but I had the choice of two swims that I quite fancied, eventually choosing a swim that was coming free on a stretch of bank that I hadn’t fished so far this year.
“Swan is often regarded as a small bait/particle water, but I’ve been doing well just using boilies over the last 12 months or so, and appeared to be catching my fair share of the larger fish.
“So I didn’t hesitate to introduce around 5 kg of Dynamite Complex-T in a mix of sizes to my main area at around 68 yards.
“After a quiet start to the session, with just a mid-20 out elsewhere on the lake, I was starting to get “itchy feet” and thinking about a move.
“However two low 30s then came out in a morning, from the opposite end and this settled me a bit, as I was roughly mid way between the two areas and felt like the big fish were starting to move and I was in a good interception area.”
Common carp arrives at the very end…
Tony, from Duston, Northamptonshire, continued: “With two nights of the session to go I introduced another 3 kg of mixed sized boilies and refreshed my hookbaits.
“On the last morning I was actually well on with the job of packing up, with only the bivvy and rods to go.
“I was in the middle of unpegging the bivvy, when the right-hand rod signalled a steady run.
“It felt like a decent fish when I first bent into it, but came in relatively easily and without much drama, so I had it in close quite quickly.
“When it turned over near the surface, just under the line of the middle rod, I got the impression that it wasn’t particularly big.
“However, a minute later it suddenly seemed to grow dramatically as it came up and allowed itself to be drawn over the net cord at the first attempt,” he concluded.
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