Bundy’s Pit in Cambridgeshire produced a Christmas cracker in the form of a monster common for carp angler Gary Hymers.
The 44lb 8oz fish was tricked from a spot in 45ft of water, whilst the Lincolnshire-based rod endured a blustery night at the tricky venue.
The monster from the deep is a new personal best and fell to Gary’s tactics on the first night of a 48-hour session just before Christmas.
“I never thought I’d get it in,” said Gary. “Every time I got it up the steep margins it would turn around. It felt a bit weighty but I didn’t know how big it was at the time – I was just glad of a bite at this time of year.”
Gary said: “I was fishing in about 45ft of water on what felt like a ledge. It was a smooth area with a bit of silt near it. I arrived there at about 3pm and I had the take at 9.30pm.
“When I started there was a south-easterly wind and I was on the back of it. I knew it was changing direction and when it turned around I thought my time was up – but all of a sudden the rod was off.
“It was pitch black and windy so I didn’t really know how big it was until it was on the mat.”