2lb 4oz personal best rudd from Fenland river

A swim change transformed Ryan Hayden’s fortunes as he netted this 2lb 4oz pb rudd from a Fenland river.

The Drennan worker had his first taste of fishing the region’s waterways for the species earlier in the season, and he soon caught the bug with a 2lb 2oz specimen.

Determined to up his pb again he returned and floatfished a piece of breadcrust on a size 12 hook.

Early indications suggested he was going to have to wait a little longer for another big one, but a series of 1lb-plus fish broke his duck before his first cast in a new swim produced the biggest rudd of his career.