NEW members have a habit of doing well at top Kent syndicate Wingham with their first fish often being a 40 or even a 50.

Wingham newcomer Steve Sellick went one better with his first carp being Black Spot at 60 lb 1 oz!

Steve, a 49-year-old builder from near Maidstone, moved swims after spotting some fish on his first evening.

To avoid spooking them he fed each rod with just three catapults of Sticky Baits Manilla boilies.

The following afternoon Steve had a one-toner to a wafter fished 40 yards out over the back of a bar.

The fish fought extremely hard, taking 70 yards of line on its first run.

Steve said: “This is what I joined Wingham for – beautiful surroundings and genuine English carp.

“What a start. I’d just backed the winner of the Grand National too, perhaps I ought to buy some lottery tickets.”

Wingham creator Steve Burke joked: “Those whose first carp is a 40 we call Wingham Virgins, a 50 Super Virgins.

“I’m open to suggestions for those whose first fish is a 60!”

The venue has at least nine English-born carp over 50 lb on its two lakes and is expected to challenge for the British record over the next decade.

And it shocked the carp world last December when a giant of 83 lb 4 oz was caught but it couldn’t be considered for a British record as it was ill and had put on over 30 lb of water and spawn. That fish hasn’t been seen since.

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