Labour’s Parliamentary Angling Spokesman, Martin Salter MP, took time out from his duties over the Whitsun week to go carp fishing in the Limoges area of France at Millstone Pool.

Despite torrential rain which flooded the lake and spoiled the fishing for two days, Martin’s four man party landed 35 carp including 4 fifty and 8 forty pound fish.

Martin landed the biggest brace of 52lbs and 57lbs in a 24 hour period (see photos attached).

Both the fish fell to Perfection Baits 18mm chocolate orange boilies fished tight to an island on 15lbs line and size 8 hooks.

Martin said:

“Life is far too short and far too busy for me ever to become a regular carp fisherman but I do enjoy an occasional trip, especially when the fish are bigger than average. We selected this lake because we knew there was a chance of a fifty pounder but I never believed I would be lucky enough to land two of them”.

Martin’s previous personal best carp was a 33 pounder caught in Canada.