Jed Kent had a blast from the past after landing a fish that may well be the same one that gave him a new personal best as a 12-year-old.
Fifteen years on from catching a long, lean mirror of 23lb from Sussex’s Wylands complex, the Hastings rod caught what could be the same fish at 36lb.
The Nash-backed angler said: “The last time I set foot on the venue I was 12 and had landed a new PB at the time of a long 23lb mirror. While walking round reminiscing I saw a picture of a big long mirror and it was this point that a plan had hatched in my mind to come and try to catch the beast in winter.”
He added: “I got to the lake at around 2pm and sometime in the night, about 4am, a real big fish jumped close to where I was fishing, then it came out twice more an hour later. The next thing I knew the Siren was bursting into life and I was attached to a powerful carp.
“In the torch light I could see I was attached to a big long mirror and after a 20-minute battle I finally netted it. The long fighting machine weighed 36lb and was a great way to start my winter campaign. It may even be the same carp I had some 15 years ago!”
The fish fell to a prototype Nash Bait boilie.