Drennan Cup runner-up Rich Wilby got his season off to a flyer with a 16lb 2oz bream, but he had no idea he was going to smash it just a couple of months later with this 16lb 15oz belter!
The Airfield Lakes fishery owner pinned his hopes on a large Midlands stillwater, and after walking the banks at first light he managed to find fish rolling at 50 yards.
He said: “I cast flatbed Method feeders at the showing fish every 20 minutes or so, and my first bite came after just three casts.
“I used a Pukka Method mix laced with pre-digested fish proteins, molasses and hemp oil which they managed to find very quickly.”
Rich’s tactics produced four other double-figure bream, and all fell to chopped worm and fake maggot hookbaits.