A weekend session on a busy day-ticket water produced this new personal best for Steve Harris.
The 31-year-old banked the 41lb mirror from a close-range channel while all around him at Pepper Lake on Kent’s Cottington complex struggled.
The vehicle technician, who was fishing with friend Tom, explained: “We turned up on Saturday morning hoping to get on the new part of the lake as it has deeper water, and following the first frosts we knew that the fish would be holding up there.”
Seven other anglers had set up in the same area the previous day but had caught nothing, so Steve and his pal chose to fish in a nearby spot where the new and old parts of the lake join.
“I decided to put a bait over the far bank to a set of reeds and the other rod into a channel about 20 yards out in 6ft of water on a silt bottom,” said Steve, who has previously had a 28lb mirror from the same spot.
After an uneventful evening, the rod placed on the silty channel sprang to life at 12.30am.
“She fought well for about 10 minutes then sort of gave up the scrap,” said Steve, “I knew it was a big one but I didn’t want to jinx myself. I couldn't believe it when we got her out of the water – on the scales she hit 41lb, beating my previous PB of 33lb from the same lake.”
Steve used a 2oz inline lead with a six-inch KD rig feature Korda N-Trap and a size 8 curved-shank hook. Bait was a single CC Moore Live System pop up and a small bag of CC Moore bloodworm pellets.