The Road Lake produces new 50lb 4oz record…

The mirror, known as The Wright Fish, has been steadily gaining weight in recent months and hit the magic 50lb barrier last week, when it took the scales down to 50lb 4oz after picking up Ben Larter’s Spicy Active wafter hook bait.

Bailiff Steve Rocke, who photographed the amazing mirror for Ben and his partner Hannah, said: “It’s a fish destined for a massive weight and a new fifty pounder for the Road Lake! It truly is an amazing carp.”

“Along with this, Ben also landed 5 x 30s, the best being a mirror weighing 38lb 12oz, and 40 in the shape of the ever-impressive Unnamed Common at 44lb 7oz. Ben also caught countless 20s up to 29lb.”

The new PB was caught from an open water spot at 18 rod lengths towards Tea Party 1 and Tea Party 2, where he baited heavily with 7-8kg of boilies with the aid of a Spomb every day just before dinner.

Rig-wise, Ben used a 9” rig, which was made up using a 20lb N-trap and a Korda Kaptor Choddy hook. Hook bait was again the ever-faithful Spicy Active wafter.

Although Ben had been catching during his stay, it only took 30 minutes after casting out a newly attached Spicy Active wafter before he got the bite from his new PB. And as he was preparing to photograph the fish, his other two rods went off!

Korda boss Danny Fairbrass commented: “I’m over the moon but not surprised that The Wright Fish has done 50!”

“The most important thing to take from this capture is that the fish was caught over a big bed of boilies – a tactic which works so well on the Road Lake. I did have a chuckle that he caught it on the Spicy Active wafter, too.”

For more information on the Road Lake, go to http://road.gigantica-carp.com or call 01268 820440. The Road Lake has an exceptional stock of 20s, 30s and numerous 40s along with full catering and all the facilities you’d expect at a top French holiday venue.

Bookings can be made for individuals or groups and there are lots of spaces available over the coming months - call for more details.