STEVE Renyard has smashed the common carp record by a whopping two pounds after catching a rarely seen fish at Emperor Lakes.
Reynard's fish tipped the scales at 39lbs 13oz, shattering the old record of 37lbs 13oz. This new record fish was an astonishing 42" long. He offered his own brand of Contrast boilies.
Using 18lbs Ultima 'Power' hook link attached to 14lbs Ultima 'Pure Power' fluorocarbon, Renyard offered 10mm and 12mm baits to a silty spot in gravel to land the big one.
"This particular carp has been fleetingly glimpsed over the years, but definitely isn't one of our two recognised big commons," said Emperor Lakes' publicist Clint Walker.
"We also believe it to be very close to a new Devon common carp record."
Having taken the big common, Renyard reported the capture of a bigger fish – a mirror weighing in at a hefty 42lbs 10ozs using the same tactics.
THE Match Lake at Town Parks Fishery continued to produce goods bags for most anglers.
Carp are still coming to the bank in numbers despite the changeable weather conditions.
Rod Metcalf visited peg 16 and fished pellet up in the water taking six good carp in a short session.
Silvers continue to take maggot and castor, although the fish are up and down in the water depending on the conditions.
Some good Bream have been taken, a 4lbs 8 oz fish took sweetcorn offered in the reed margins of peg one visitor Vic Edwards.
On the Specimen Lake sport has been sporadic with fish going on and off the feed.
One particularly good fish came to the net of Bovey Tracey rod Lee Jones.
Fishing his first session at Town Parks Jones fished a Cell boilie mid water in front of peg 15 and was rewarded with a fine personal best common which tipped the scales at 23lbs 9oz. This beat his best by more than 9lbs!
Dale Churchill had an excellent session from peg nine taking a 17lbs 4oz common within minutes of setting up. Another Common also came to the bank at 16lbs 2oz. Both fish fell to Passion Baits rum-n-raisin which Churchill was trialling.
Churchill's fishing partner Mark Jenner also banked a 16lbs 1oz mirror, which fell to a single Frank Warwicks PH special boilie.
The Specimen Lake usually fishes very well throughout the Winter months with some of the Fisheries biggest specimens coming to the bank.
Feed lightly with only a few freebies or a small PVA bag filled with small pellet or ground bait, use a small lead which will not sink into the silty lake bottom and pop your bait up with artificial corn or a pop up boilie.