A rain-lashed overnighter gave Richard Effamy this 39lb 2oz mirror.
The 29-year-old plastering contractor flicked his baits just 20 yards under a willow tree at a southern gravel pit to tempt the specimen.
The West Sussex angler said: “It was a very wet 12-hour overnighter. I got absolutely soaked!”
Richard fed about half a kilo of crumbed and chopped Sticky Krill boilies and fished a matching hookbait on a multi rig made with 25lb Atomic Jel-E-Wyre and a size 6 Gardner Chod hook.