A chance to fish a private Cambridgeshire water resulted in a six-fish haul to 42lb 8oz for Ian Harle.
The local angler took full advantage of the offer to fish the venue, which is expected to open next year, and managed one upper twenty, four thirties and the personal-best forty.
He said: “On my arrival at the 26-acre gravel pit I found a southerly wind blowing along the length of the water, with a forecast of it turning southwest that night.
“With fish showing occasionally in the middle of the lake, I decided to fish on the southwest bank as it gave good access to the open water.”
Ian found relatively clear spots at about 110m and baited with 1kg of 14mm PCF Cocofruit boilies and 500gr of PCF pellets on each rod. He fished hinged stiff rigs over the top and added: “I had been told the lake held big fish and was confident that if they visited me they would find my hookbaits quickly.”
The first fish of the trip arrived just before dark and weighed 28lb 14oz. Three more mirrors followed that night, weighing 36lb, 35lb 10oz and 42lb 8oz. “The following day was quiet until 7pm when my middle rod let out a couple of bleeps, followed by a one-toner, resulting in a 30lb mirror. My sixth fish of the session followed at 10pm and weighed 36lb 8oz.”