Washed-out baits helped Ian Lewis bag this 34lb 8oz common.
The Berkshire angler was 20 hours into a 24-hour session when the lump tore off from a snaggy area.
“I was 100-per-cent sure I was being ‘done’ by the fish, so I shortened the boom section of my hinged stiff rigs to 4in and put on a 4oz lead, and it seemed to work.
“It was an absolutely epic battle – it beat me up big time!”
Gardner-backed Ian fed Mistral 4Season boilies and fished an F1 pop-up from Specialized Hookbaits.