Nathan Bailey has been in decent autumn form of late, picking up fish of 38lb 1oz and 42lb 1oz from Essex Manor.
The Greys-backed rod caught the 38lb 1oz fish during a weekend session on the busy venue before catching the forty known as the Anchor on a subsequent two-nighter.
Having moved into an in-form area for the second night of that session, Nathan still wasn’t satisfied that he was on the fish. He explained: “Normally after dark you start to see a few, but things were a bit quiet for my liking. At this point I started to get itchy feet and a few hours after dark I could not take any more, so I had a wander to the other end to see if I was missing out on anything.
“As I approached I clearly heard one top and as I stood there, one after the other showed, which made my mind up instantly and a move was soon under way.”
Having got all three rods out first time, Nathan settled down with confidence and soon received a couple of bleeps on his alarms.
He said: “To be honest the fight was nothing spectacular and didn’t trouble my 3lb AirCurve rod, which suited me fine.
“As I turned the fish on its side in the net I instantly knew it was a fish called the Anchor due to its unique scale pattern. It was one I had been talking about to my mates for some time now as I was desperate to catch it!”
Nathan used DT Bait’s Green Beast boilies and G Force rig components.