Angling ace Ward is celebrating again

Lee Ward with his latest major carp catch
Lee Ward with his latest major carp catch
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MATLOCK angler Lee Ward has continued his recent hot run of form by landing a 37lb common carp, breaking his personal best for the second time this year.

Just weeks after a memorable trip across the Channel, where he landed famous carp Shoulders at the French Abbey Lakes fishing venue, he landed stunning 37lb common carp at the from A1 Pits, Newark, a new common personal best for Lee.

The catch took place at 4am, as Lee explained: “The weather has been hot and the fish had shown signs of spawning on all pits but six, so i settled for pit six, fishing 40 yards out to a clear spot using a solid bag of crushed and broken-up pieces of tiger nut crunch grub, that we were testing for Vortex baits with a three section of the grub as hook bait on a five-inch hook link.”

Lee has fished with the Stubbing Court carp syndicate for the past three years and has been bailiff with them for the last 12 months.

He continued: “We go up to this particular spot about once a month and we often go for 48 hours solid. This time, we went up on the Thursday and came back on Sunday so we got plenty of fishing in.

“It’s not unusual to go through the night waiting for something and I was delighted with this catch as you could say I’m on a bit of a hot streak.

“I’m in the middle of a good year. It’s not so much a lucky streak beause I’ve put the hard work in for it and the rewards are coming now.

“I’ve been trying to catch a 30lb common carp for two or three years now. It seems to be a more common the further south you go so get one at Newark was a good effort, I think. I’ve had two pbs this year and I’m hoping there will be more to come.”