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, who plays Jack Branning in the award-winning TV soap, tempted the giant from Kentâs 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 Anglerâs Mail: âIâve 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.
âIt wasnât pre-planned at all and like in life, sometimes the unexpected can then happen.
âIt wasnât fishing well, so like I often do, I was just was fishing for a single bite.
âSo 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.
âIt 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: âIâve now got English PBs of a 56 lb 2 oz common and a 59 lb 12 oz mirror, which isnât bad.
âThe nice thing is Iâve always upped my PBs by just a few pounds and never leapt up.
âIâm not sure if Iâll beat that PB in England but Iâm not bothered. Big fish are nice but I just enjoy being out there fishing.
âThereâs still plenty of fish in England Iâd like to catch, like a big leather, but I might do a bit more fishing abroad now.
âA lot of youngsters want everything instantly but with fishing thereâs no quick-fix, you have to learn and practise all the time. You canât force it.
âFishing 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,â added Scott.
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