One bite was all that Lee Seville needed to break his personal best with the capture of this 39lb 4oz mirror from Furzebray Lakes in North Devon.
The chunky specimen was the first fish which the local rod had caught from the complex’s Island Lake and came on his third overnight session of the winter.
Arriving at mid-afternoon he was greeted by an almost empty lake with only one other angler on so headed to a swim known as The Lawn which was on the end of a fresh westerly wind.
“The peg commands a fair bit of water giving me plenty of options,” Lee told Angling Times. “To keep any disturbance to a minimum I decided to just three single hookbaits and not put any free offerings out at all.”
The all-important take came later that night and after a spirited scrap he beat the lake’s most sought after resident, a fish known as Charlotte.
Lee mounted a 10mm Pineapple and N’Butyric pop-up on a Withy Pool rig tied with an Atomic Jel E Wyre hooklink and a size 6 Korda Wide Gape hook.
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