After only his first bite from Acton Burnell Lower Lake, Carl Amery came face-to-face with the venue's biggest inhabitant in the form of this huge 52lb 8oz common.
The impressive specimen was taken during a five-night session on the difficult seven-acre Shropshire water, and the 38-year-old Stoke-on-Trent rod later backed it up with two other fish of 34lb 14oz and 29lb 4oz.
The first three days of the trip had passed without event, but on the fourth morning a slow finicky take saw Carl doing battle with the fish of his dreams. "When I picked up the rod it felt like I¹d hooked into the bottom of the lake, and I struggled to move it," he told Angling Times.
"I knew I was connected to one of the lake¹s larger residents, but it wasn't until it rolled near the net that I saw it was the big common called Bill. Thankfully, my hook held firm, and I was soon slipping my net under it." The fish smashed Carl's previous pb of 36lb 8oz, and was fooled with a Dynamite Baits Red Fish boilie tipped with a piece of artificial corn over a scattering of 40 freebies to a clear spot at 45yds.
His successful rig consisted of a Korda Hybrid Soft hooklink knotless-knotted to a size 7 Fox Arma Point SSSP hook.