Jason Partlow was made to wait to get in the swim he wanted, but his patience was rewarded with this 46lb 13oz common from a Bucks club water.
Arriving at Milton Keynes Angling Association-controlled Willen Lake for a four-day session, the 46-year-old local, who had endured 20 blanks in a row, had to work for his result.
He said: “I arrived at the lake Tuesday morning and I couldn’t get in the swim I wanted.
“So straight away things didn’t start too well, but eventually after three moves in three days I managed to get the swim.”
Two upper doubles followed that evening, before the groundworker banked a 24lb mirror the next morning.
“Shortly after that,” he said, “I lost what felt like a good fish on a snag, so I decided to drop the rod 6ft short of the spot.
“An hour or so later I hooked in to a very powerful fish. After a hard 10-minute battle there lay in the bottom of my net for the second time in just over a year the Golden Common.
“This time she just looked immense.”
The fish, which Jason caught at 43lb 15oz last time round, set a new personal best, venue record and club record.
“I definitely enjoyed it more this time as I had my partner, son and friends there to cherish the moment with me.
“So after 20 blanks I was rewarded with my old friend. Dreams do come true. Hard work pays off.”
RIG AND BAIT
- Naked chod rig
- Hookbait: Sticky Vor-Tex pop-up
- Loosefeed: 4/5kg of Sticky Vor-Tex boilies