A five-year quest that “turned into an obsession” ended in triumph for Jon Baczkowski as he caught the one he wanted in an incredible session.
In 48 crazy hours at a southern pit, the archaeologist uncovered this longed-for 42lb 10oz mirror, two thirties, four twenties and an 18-pounder.
Jon, from Lewes in East Sussex, said: “I’ve spent five years hunting this fish, known as Vern’s, which had slowly turned into an obsession.
“She was the last on my list and it feels extra special as I had photographed her a few times for others, had certainly been close to catching her and had probably lost her at least once.”
The 38-year-old’s all-mirror haul also included an unknown fish of 33lb 8oz plus others of 31lb 2oz and 29lb 4oz. He said: “Funnily enough, I had text a mate at the beginning of the week when I saw the weather forecast swing to a warm spell and a big south-westerly wind. I told him where I was going to fish and that I was 100-per-cent certain I would catch her. I wish it worked like that all the time!”
Reflecting on a successful year, Jon added: “I had exactly 80 fish from there in 2014, 62 of which were over 20lb, including 11 thirties and the forty, which considering I did not fish between June and the end of September is a bloody decent result.”
Jon used snowman rigs with Sticky Krill White Ones pop-ups and 20mm Krill bottom baits and baited with about a kilo of matching boilies on each of his two spots.