The appearance of Bluebell Lakes’ big common at 55lb 14oz for Pro-Tek Baits boss John Cooper has made him the first angler to land four 50lb plus UK carp.

And what makes the achievement even more remarkable is that the Coleshill, Warks angler has had all of them in the last six months!

Benson fell during a night session for the Severn Trent Water operator’s 12mm sausage flavoured Saturn Red pop-up boilie offering, D-rigged over a smooth area he’d found 70 yards from the bank and baited with two kilos of freebies.

It adds to carp of 51lb 8oz,  50lb 8oz and 50lb 4oz, all taken from Rob Hales’ Acton Burnell syndicate in Shropshire.