This giant common smashed Mark Storey’s personal best when it pulled the scales round to 54lb.
The fish, known as Tarka after it was attacked by an otter in a stock pond, came from The Avenue in Shropshire during the first night of a 48-hour session.
The Greater Manchester rod told Angling Times: “The fish have been coming from the centre of the lake recently so when I arrived and found the lake empty I just chose the peg that enables me to fish that area.
“There are features in the middle of the lake and most people seem to fish in the middle of them, but I chose to fish at the end of the bar at about 68 yards.”
Mark fished a white CC Moore Northern Special on a chod rig and baited with 12 free offerings. He opted to fish just one rod on the area to avoid too many lines going through the swim.
He added: “I got the bite just before 4am. I was fishing with slack lines so it was just a few bleeps on the alarm. Tarka is known to not be much of a fighter and when I lifted into it I didn’t think it was a particularly big fish, but because of the way it fought I did think it could be that fish.
“The batteries in my headtorch went during the fight so I couldn’t see much as I was netting it. As soon as I’d secured it in the net I got another torch and then knew as I looked into the net which fish it was.
“My previous personal best was 38lb 1oz, so it’s certainly beaten that.”