Neil Messenger bagged this 40-pounder on his first cast.
Fishing from the Dam Wall Centre on the Main Lake at Essex’s Fryerning Fisheries, Neil tempted the 43lb 8oz mirror known as Charlie before he had finished setting up all his gear.
He said: “I was just about to chuck in my third rod when the alarm screamed off, resulting in my third rod being chucked in the hedge and a fish I dearly wanted in the net. I was well chuffed!”
Neil used DT Baits boilies.