James McKay bagged his first fish from Hampshire’s tricky Rockford Lake with this 32lb 8oz mirror.
The 26-year-old said: “We saw five or six flat spots coming up over my baited area and at first I thought it was birds diving but nothing topped and these flat spots continued for around 30 or 40 minutes.
“I was thinking about re-doing the rods ready for the night when line started disappearing on my left-hand rod. The fish snagged me up in weed a couple of times before my mate went in and netted the fish at the first attempt. Your first fish from Rockford is always something special!”
James fished Cultured Carp Baits’ Fruits of the Sea boilies on snowman rigs.