South Yorkshire angler Joshua Dorka landed a superb brace of big rudd weighing 3lb 3oz and 3lb from his local syndicate water.
Falling to a helicopter set-up with three dead maggots as hookbait, both fish gave drop-back bites – but put up completely different fights.
“The larger one came in like a ball of weed,” Josh said,
“But once it went in the net it really thrashed around.
"The second, smaller fish fought really well, and I thought it was a tench!
"It was definitely one of the hardest-fighting rudd I’ve come across. When they get to that size, though, it’s all irrelevant – they’re such special creatures.”