Anglers across the country have been enjoying rod-bending sport from tench in recent weeks, but none more so than Si Llewellyn who has just landed the biggest tinca of the season in the form of an 11lb 8oz monster.
The stunning specimen is a new personal best for the 32-year-old and was taken from a low-stock Nene Valley pit that he had been targeting this spring.
After seeing a lot of activity on the other side of the lake during his latest trip, Si decided to move swims which paid off in style almost instantly.
“After making the move I got the rods out, and one of them absolutely melted off around mid-morning!” Si told Angling Times.
“It fought like hell and at first I thought it was a decent sized carp, but I couldn’t believe it was a huge tinca as it went over the net cord.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with it!”
Si used a dedicated boilie approach to tempt the big tench.
He said: “I fished with a fishmeal pop-up over the back of a weed bed, and fed some chopped boilie and crumb to get the fish interested.
“It certainly seemed to do the trick!”