Leigh Sinnott waited two nights for the swim he wanted to be free, then filled it in with over 20kg of bait to catch one of Linear Fisheries’ biggest fish.
The mirror, known as Kempy’s Linear, weighed in at 47lb 4oz and was caught from Manor Farm Lake on the Oxfordshire complex.
The local angler said: “I knew exactly where I wanted to be; the swim I had my eyes on was known for producing Kempy’s Linear at this time of the year.
"Unfortunately when I arrived the swim was already taken, but with the knowledge of when it was due to be vacated, I decided to sit it out and wait.
“After two nights of being bivvied up behind the swim it was finally ready for me to move into.”
Leigh had initially wanted to target a shallower gravel hump but opted instead to fish just short of the feature into silt where he had picked up bloodworm on his marker lead.
He said: “Initially I loaded the swim with 20 to 25kg of both Krill and Manilla boilies, mixed particles and Bloodworm pellets, all of which was soaked in Cloudy Bloodworm and Manilla Liquids.
"Fully aware that this was a lot of bait, I wasn’t surprised that my first bite didn’t come until the third morning of the session.”
Leigh kicked off with a double take of 20s before topping up with bait and removing his lines from the water until the afternoon. Two more bites followed, then another 20-pounder arrived the next morning.
“Once I had returned the fish I sat on my hands and waited for morning bite time to pass before winding in for the day and baiting up again.
“As soon as 4pm rolled around that afternoon I repositioned the rods ready for bite time and just an hour later I was alerted to a slow and steady pick up.
“After a hairy battle and a tough slog in the deep water beneath the rod tip, my net was finally graced with the one I so greatly desired, Kempy’s!”
Leigh used a 12mm Sticky Manilla wafter with a corn topper on a blowback rig made with a size 5 Fox SR hook and ESP Tungsten Loaded.