There can be few better-looking fish to save a blank with than a huge golden rudd like this superb 3lb 8oz specimen, caught from Daiwa Manton New Lake by Pete Foster.
The 45-year-old was enjoying an overnight carp fishing session at the Lincolnshire venue when he spotted a group of fish on the surface of an island margin which he suspected might be rudd.
After casting a trimmed down hookbait to the area, the next morning he got a run at first light, resulting in the new personal best.
“It was pouring with rain and the fish came in among a large ball of weed. When I peeled this away, it looked absolutely stunning on my landing mat,” he added.
“The rudd were among the first fish to be stocked into the lake 11 years ago and over the years a few have been caught, but nothing approaching this size!“