With his target venue flooded for the majority of the winter Dan Gilbert was relieved to finally slip the net under this 26lb 4oz mirror.
Braving freezing conditions, the Wiltshire-based Sticky backed rod fished a 14 hour overnight session and was staring a blank in the face but a take at last knockings changed his fortunes.
The fish fell to a White Chocolate pop-up fished over a light scattering of 16mm Vor-Tex boilies.
He said: “I was literally packing my gear away when one of my rods signalled a slow take. The fish put up a decent scrap but after 10 minutes I had it beat.”