Fen drain specimen rudd haul

Locating big rudd on the endless miles of Fenland drains can be a daunting prospect, but Ben Corfield’s first ever visit produced the goods when he landed a superb trio topped by this 2lb 15oz 8dr fish.

After hours of walking and searching failed to produce the goods, the 34-year-old, from Shrewsbury, decided to get into his car and drive slowly along the road that runs parallel to the venue in order to try to spot his quarry.

It proved to be the right decision, with Ben taking the new pb as well as others weighing 2lb 2oz and 2lb 1oz.

“I spotted a big fish, then had to crawl across the seats out of the passenger door and carefully make my way to the water’s edge because otherwise the fish would have spooked,” said Ben.

“It was a real achievement for me to come down and catch three fish like this on my first visit.