EastEnders star lands one of UK’s biggest carp

ONE of the most popular stars of BBC TV’s EastEnders thinks his new PB mirror carp of 59 lb 12 oz might be hard to beat in the UK.

Scott Maslen admires his giant mirror carp before returning it to the Kent lake.

Scott Maslen, who plays Jack Branning in the award-winning TV soap, tempted the giant from Kent’s Wingham Fisheries.

Scott, 48, is a lifelong, experienced angler who specialises in fishing for large carp. But he was blown away by his capture of his latest hugely impressive specimen, known as the Black Mirror. And it led to a special celebration!

He told Angler’s Mail: “I’ve not done a lot of fishing this year and this was a bit of an impromptu trip, somewhere we could get a guest ticket on.

“It wasn’t pre-planned at all and like in life, sometimes the unexpected can then happen.

“It wasn’t fishing well, so like I often do, I was just was fishing for a single bite.

“So I found a silty spot in the weed at 100 yards and just fed a lot of tiny food bits, lots of flavour, with pellet, hemp and mini boilies and fished a 15 mm Mainline Essential Cell boilie over the top.

“It was an amazing feeling catching the fish, and then I went on a three day party to celebrate. I think I was unconscious for two days after!”

What next for carp fan Scott Maslen?

Scott continued: “I’ve now got English PBs of a 56 lb 2 oz common and a 59 lb 12 oz mirror, which isn’t bad.

“The nice thing is I’ve always upped my PBs by just a few pounds and never leapt up.

“I’m not sure if I’ll beat that PB in England but I’m not bothered. Big fish are nice but I just enjoy being out there fishing.

“There’s still plenty of fish in England I’d like to catch, like a big leather, but I might do a bit more fishing abroad now.

“A lot of youngsters want everything instantly but with fishing there’s no quick-fix, you have to learn and practise all the time. You can’t force it.

“Fishing is about getting away from it and enjoying the view along the way and not thinking you know it all, but to try and learn all the time,” added Scott.

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