The fish came towards the end of a productive week long session at Etang Meunier in the Limousin region of France, which saw Martyn and dad, Brian catch 36 fish in total including the 2 fifties and 16 other forties.
“The majority of the fish we caught came from an area which was steadily baited with several kilos of boilies and pellets twice each day over the course of the week” explained Martyn.
“Action from the baited area was slow to start with but as is often the case with this tactic patience paid off and by the middle of the week we had started to catch fish steadily both day and night. The carp had definitely switched on to the new food source – although the best was still to come.
“Just before first light the next morning a long battle saw me slip the net under a new personal best 55lb 10oz mirror. Just an hour or so later the same rod was away again and I was looking down at my second fifty of the morning in the shape of a 51lb 2oz mirror!"