37lb 12oz mirror from tough Midlands venue

Lee Power kicked off 2014 with “the final piece of the jigsaw” at a tough Midlands syndicate water.

The Leicester rod caught Sally, the largest resident of the Hams Hall venue in Birmingham, at 37lb 12oz last week having already banked the lake’s biggest common at 33lb 5oz in October.

“I’ve been on the water for 14 months and had nine bites, so it’s a tough place,” said the 33-year-old.

“I had an 18-pounder on Sunday and then baited up to come back down on Thursday. I couldn’t get in that swim but fished about 20 yards from the spot in another swim and had the bite at about 12.30pm.

“This was the fish I wanted after catching the biggest common in there at a top weight back in October. I had already committed to dropping my ticket at the end of the season so this was the final piece of the jigsaw.”

Lee used Contrast boilies from Steve Renyard Baits and presented a pop-up eight inches off the bottom. His presentation featured a Lead Shed weight and leader soaked in hemp oil and a 10-inch Ultima fluorocarbon hooklink.