Teenager Dylan Willett was packing up after a blank session when one of his rods sprang into life and produced one of the biggest day-ticket commons around.
The fish, known as the Big Common, weighed in at 47lb 2oz at Kingfisher Lake on the Waterside Fisheries site in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.
Fourteen-year-old Dylan, who was with dad Mick for a 24-hour session, was just 20 minutes from home time when he got the bite at 6.40am yesterday.
The Essex schoolboy told us: “We were on our third visit to the lake and just packing up after a blank session when the rod screamed off.
“When I got it in, my dad said he thought it was the big common and I nearly passed out! When we weighed it there were some tears!
“It's quite a tough lake for a bite so just to get a fish would have done, but to get this… I'm still smiling!
“We did the best we could with the pictures but to be honest I was having trouble lifting it and it was more important to get the fish back in without it coming to any harm. The experience was enough."
Dad Mick said: “We were supposed to fish Berners Hall in Essex but the fish started spawning there the day before, so we decided on a third bash at Waterside having blanked there twice before.
“I’m incredibly proud of Dylan – he’s a patient, dedicated young angler and was determined to catch at Waterside."
Dylan fishing chod rigs to edge of a weedbed at eight wraps to the far margin at the west end of the lake. His rigs were made with 20lb Korda Mouth Trap and size 8 hooks and he used Urban Baits Nutcracker hookbaits.