A move of swims after a blank 24 hours paid off for Gary Renouf as he banked this 40lb day-ticket common.
The fish, which smashed the 40-year-old’s pb, came from an undisclosed open-access water in Hampshire.
Gary told Carpfeed: “I was meant to be doing 24 hours but I blanked, so I stayed on for another 24 hours and moved swims – and what a move it was!”
The Southampton angler used a sausage oil boilie topped with a banana pop-up and controlled the fish on his son Reece’s 9ft stalking rod.
He said: “I knew fish would be up my end at one point in the night. I had drop backs at 4.30am, and so on for every half an hour, so I reeled in both rods and cast one back to the same spot, but nearer to the bank, and the other a bit further out.
“I was sitting in my bivvy when I got the bite at 7.30am. For some reason the alarm didn’t go off, but I saw the line moving and picked up the rod.
“I got it in quite easily. I find 9ft rods best for fishing small lakes as I have more control.”
The fish beat Gary’s previous pb of 25lb 6oz.