Specimen carp sets new best for biggest carp in an open at midlands venue.
The record for the biggest carp ever caught in an open match at Packington Somers fishery has been smashed.
Fishing a recent event on the midlands venue’s Molands water, angler Gary Lakin hooked into a specimen of 21lb 8oz – the first ever 20lb plus fish to have been caught from the water during a competition.
The carp fell for a popped up bread hookbait fished on the bomb, and tested Gary’s tackle to the limit – but it was well worth the struggle. The bulk of the specimen took Gary’s total weight to a first place 67lb 10oz – 20lb more than the second place weight of 47lb 6oz posted by Max Higgot.
“It was an impressive fish to see in a match and the biggest carp we’ve had for some time out of Molands,” Fishery manager John Burchell who photographed the specimen for Gary told Match Fishing. “We’ve seen a few fish in the past come out in matches at 18 and 19lb, and I think the previous biggest was 19lb 11oz, but I’ve never known another fish of over 20lb caught in a match.
“The carp are really putting on weight now though, so we may be seeing a few more in the near future,” he added.
Gary's 21lb 8oz carp completed a bag of fish for first place in the open.