This cracking 31lb 2oz common had avoided capture for the last few years until Dan Stacey fooled it during a recent session on a Cambridgeshire stillwater.
The local rod targeted a pre-baited silty gully on the tricky nine acre weedy pit and received a finicky take early in the afternoon.
“A heart-stopping fight followed,” he told Angling Times. “I was delighted when I saw the common coming towards the net as it hasn’t been caught for several seasons and is one fish that I dearly wanted to catch when I joined the lake.”
Dan tempted the impressive specimen with a CC Moore Odyssey XXX pop-up soaked in Feedstim XP.