49lb 12oz pb mirror for Paul Mepham

Paul Mepham has smashed his personal best with this 49lb 12oz mirror from a southern stillwater.

After an uneventful first night fishing single hookbaits, the 32-year-old, Surrey-based angling coach decided to bait his spots with 1kg of 18mm Richworth KG1 boilies and then rested his swim until later in the day.

He then had to wait until the early hours of the morning for the all-important bite and after a 15 minute scrap he slipped the net under his prize.

It is the second forty which Paul has caught from the venue and he mounted his hookbaits tipped with a piece of artificial corn on size 8 Gardner Mugga hooks and 5ins Atomic Tackle Jel-E-Wyre hooklinks.