Terry Wood struck gold at Linear Fisheries as he banked 40 fish in four nights.
The 23-year-old managed two 30s and nearly 20 20s as part of his haul on Hardwick Smith’s at the Oxfordshire day-ticket site.
The Wiltshire angler snuck out on Christmas day and arrived to find the complex unsurprisingly quiet.
Having walked around Manor and St John’s, he plumped for Hardwick and opted to fish peg six in the main bowl of the lake.
“Setting up in the dark fishing blind I found a bar at just under 100yds covered in clay with around 18ft either side,” said Terry.
“I started off on solid bags with Sticky Bloodworm pellets and Signature wafters, which did me one fish the first night.
“The next morning I wound in and changed my approach. I put on three Ronnie rigs with Pineapple & N’butyric pop-ups, and put out 15 Spombs of crushed Krill with 2.3mm Bloodworm pellets.
“Within no time at all I had landed eight fish in a short feeding spell, the biggest going 32lb. I topped the spot back up with three more Spombs, picking up the odd fish here and there.
“The following day was a repeat, resulting in 11 fish with the biggest going 34lb! At this point it was obvious they were grouping up in massive numbers.
“Every three or four fish I was topping up the swim with two or three spombs. This was giving me really quick bites including double and triple takes.
“At the end of my session I ended up on a tally of 40 fish including two 30s, over 18 20s and plenty of doubles!”