52lb 2oz mirror tops 'session of a lifetime'

Shaun Gilbert smashed his personal best by over 34lb when he landed this 52lb 2oz mirror from Elphick Fisheries North Lake.

The 24-year-old was woken by a series of single bleeps on his alarm just after first light and thought he hooked into the venue’s only bream. “As soon as I lifted in to it I knew it wasn’t a slab and it was another 20 minutes before I even saw the fish. It took half an hour in total to get it in the net, at which point my mate told me it was the Big Girl. The next day I landed carp of 35lb 8oz, 23lb 5oz and 18lb, making it by far the best session of my life.”

All of his fish were taken on Mainline Cell boilies tipped with a piece of artificial corn.