A search for ice-free waters led Ian Chillcott to a successful session at Rookley Country Park on the Isle of Wight.
The Fox consultant and BT Sport presenter, who had cancelled a number of recent trips due to frozen venues, bagged five twenties to 28lb 7oz and a 31lb 2oz mirror, despite the ice catching up with him.
The Hampshire-based angler also managed to leave his boilies at home and ended up fishing with maggots for the first time in years.
He said: “What a great session that turned out to be. I had the 28-pounder and the thirty as I was packing up.”