30lb 1oz The Palm banked in quick overnight session

This dark mirror known as the Palm handed Ross Crowder some winter cheer during a quick overnight session.

Ross, who manages Angling Direct in Rayleigh, Essex, tempted the 30lb 1oz specimen from Honeypot Lakes in his home county.

The Sticky-backed angler fished an open-water spot at 40 yards to fool the fish in freezing temperatures.

Ross baited with 30 Vor-Tex boilies and presented his hookbait on a hinged stiff rig.