8lb 9oz tench from southern stillwater

A short three hour afternoon session was all the time that Iain McDonald needed to catch this 8lb 9oz tench from a southern stillwater.

Setting up at the end of the lake which the wind was hacking in to, the 42-year-old from Canterbury, Kent cast out two maggot rigs, one with four real maggots on the hook and the other with a couple of hair-rigged fake grubs.

He said: “I’d seen a few carp showing in the area so thought there would probably be tench present too.”

His hunch proved correct and the eight pounder was backed up with a second tench of 7lb.