Like father like son

A bite at last knockings produced this personal best 44lb 1oz mirror for James Bell during a three day session on Richworth Linear Fisheries’ St John’s Lake.

Incredibly, the 22-year-old Cornwall-based carpenter’s dad caught the same fish on their last visit to the Oxfordshire complex two years ago at a weight of 44lb 2oz.

James fooled the lake’s biggest resident with a Nash Bait White Chocolate boilie offered over a bed of particles at 30yds range. This was mounted on a 25lb Gardner Sly Skin hooklink and a size 8 Korda Long Shank hook.