The carp record at Barston Lakes has been broken with a 35lb 6oz mirror – landed by a pleasure angler who was only using a size 16 hook!

George Johnson was enjoying the Solihull venue’s silver fish on peg 117 and F1 sport when the big fish picked up his floatfished pellets offering fished under an overhanding tree and tore off. The Midlander did amazingly well to tire the fish out using only 6lb line.

Venue owner Nigel Harrhy said: “Well done George! Good to see her alive and well, and we are hoping that after her introduction in January she will start to put a bit of weight back on and get back to 37lb this summer.”