ANGLING: Matty's perfect present

Matty Morrell with his 26lb 4oz mirror carp

Matty Morrell with his 26lb 4oz mirror carp

First published in Sport

This week’s freezing weather didn’t deter young Matty Morrell from a spot of carp fishing and he celebrated his 15th birthday with a personal best mirror of 26lb 4oz and another of 22.4.0.

The Bicester youngster, who attends Cooper School and works at J&K Tackle in the town on Saturdays, fished the Newland AC pit, near Stanton Harcourt, with his father.

Matty takes up the story: “After a quick walk round some likely looking areas, I settled into a swim that give me a far margin full of snags, a perfect holding area for carp in the winter.”

He baited up before setting up the bivvy, later putting out more bait, and his right-hand rod screamed off just before dark.

Matty continued: “After a very hairy battle, I was pleased to net a 22.4.0 mirror.

“Next morning, I awoke at first light and the alarms had remained silent, until the left-hand rod pulled round.

The fish was aiming for the snags, so I had to turn him.

“After a nervy fight, a very plump-looking fish came to the net and she tipped the needle round to 26.4.0 – a personal best.”

The fish came on a single Active Bait Solutions belachan and seasnail pop-up.

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