49lb mirror caught for first time in two years

This distinctive mirror had not been caught for two years before in-form Rob Burrage finally tripped it up.

The 49lb 6oz fish came from Kent’s Wingham syndicate, where Rob had a venue-record 54lb 12oz mirror last month. His latest mirror had evaded capture since 2012 and has put on 5lb since its last time on the bank.

Rob said: "This is my second fantastic fish in three weeks and obviously I'm delighted.  However, I'm genuinely not surprised at the size they reach at Wingham because when we pull the weed out on work parties it contains so much natural food the weed tries to crawl back in!"

The 43-yearold from Sevenoaks targeted a spot just 15 yards out and baited lightly with GLM Sausage Oil boilies from Shoreline Baits. He presented an S2 pop-up from Specialized Hookbaits on a size 6 G-Force straight-point hook tied to G-Force Blackout.

Wingham boss Steve Burke said: "We've already had both a 50lb-plus English common and mirror this year.  Hopefully we'll have a third fifty by next spring."

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