Pingewood's Brute caught at 47lb 14oz

A critically-balanced hookbait led to the downfall of Reading and District’s Pingewood Lagoon’s prized resident, The Brute, caught by Tom Fellows at a weight of 47lb 14oz.

After spotting a group of small commons near a set of snags he then saw the lake’s big mirror moving through the area.

He baited the spot with a mixture of CC Moore particles, pellets and peanuts and presented a critically-balanced Odyssey XXX hookbait over the top.

The all-important bite came at 4am and a powerful 15 minute scrap followed before he netted his prize.