A two-night session at Sandhurst Lake gave Aaron Hardy a trio of fished topped by this 39lb 13oz common.
The 29-year-old Loughborough angler travelled to the Hampshire venue and targeted a silty spot at the back of a weed bed. His two other fish weighed 31lb 7oz and 24lb 12oz.
The self-employed builder, who fished Sticky Krill boilies on hinged stiff rigs, said: “I chose to fish the silty deeper area of my swim as most people were fishing the shallower gravel areas.
“I baited up at dinner time and in the evenings, and I also rested the swim throughout the days, as it was so hot, and tried a bit of floater fishing resulting in one missed chance.”