The fish he really wanted to catch fell to Kev Hewitt at the end of his incredible summer at Swan Lake on the Bluebell complex.
The England international has torn the venue apart this year, including catching a brace of forties, but was desperate to catch Dave, the 50lb mirror.
That moment arrived last week when the Swindon rod put the net under his target fish at 53lb 4oz. Kev’s two-night session also featured three twenties and fish of 30lb 14oz, 33lb 10oz and 34lb 12oz.
“It’s a new personal best and the best session I’ve ever had,” said the Hinders store manager.
“I got into the swim late on Sunday and fished the same spot I fished on bank holiday weekend. I had six fish then and the spot had been polished clean. There were fish showing in front of me on Sunday afternoon but then I never saw another show after that, so they must have got their heads down.
“The first take was the big one, just before first light on Monday morning. It weeded me up and I jumped in the boat and managed to get it free. It then plodded around and gave a good battle. When it got up on the surface I didn’t think it was that big, but it looked like Dave. I had a little chuckle to myself and thought ‘it’s miniature Dave, I’ve caught a smaller version of Dave’.
“I was still chuckling to myself when I got it back to the swim and then realised I couldn’t lift it. I realised ‘that’s not a miniature Dave, it is Dave!’. It was as though I couldn’t believe I had caught that fish.”
Kev baited with CC Moore Equinox boilies, sweetcorn and hemp, and fished Equinox pop-ups on hinged stiff rigs made with short ESP readymade chod rigs.