Adam Penning – The End Of An Obsession

4th March 2019

Over the course of winter, Adam Penning set out to catch one very special common. The cold months were kind to him with over 50 carp falling to his tactics, but it was bite no.52 that really made his winter!

We recently caught up with Adam to discuss the events of his winter campaign and this is what he told us: “I started a winter campaign on a busy club water in early November. It is a well-stocked water that has reasonable winter form and it is full of amazing looking commons. I decided from the outset that the only way I was going to have a chance of catching the big girl would be to number crunch through as many fish as I could and hope she came along.

I thought, rather optimistically, that if I could catch 50 fish before the end of February then I’d have a good chance that she’d be amongst them. I fished one night every week, two if I could, all the way through winter. Although I missed a couple of weeks over Christmas, I was straight back in January.

Using 12mm Manilla, Manilla crumb, a few maggots and some Bloodworm pellets, I kept the bites coming all the way through, only blanking once when the lake froze. My fortieth fish was an amazing mid-January common of 37lb 12oz and the bites kept coming. On my final session, I managed to breach the magical fiftieth fish barrier, making it my most successful winter campaign in a very long time! It got better when the 51st fish turned out to be a common of 38lbs and I wondered if it could get any better. Three hours later it did and finally, fish number 52 was the big girl at an impressive 42lbs.

She’s about four feet long and with the most amazing head and over slung mouth. In my opinion one of the most incredible commons in the country and I couldn’t believe I’d caught her!”

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