Raking a weedy swim then enduring a 90-minute boat battle meant Jake Wright certainly worked hard for his capture of one of Britain’s best-known mirrors.
The 55lb specimen, known as Single Scale, fell along with a double-figure common at Ashmead in Somerset.
Having spotted fish in an area known as the Gallops, Jake set about trying to present a rig in the vicinity.
“The Gallops was one of the weediest areas of the lake," he said, "it didn’t look like it had been fished for a while.”
Having chosen two spots, Jake raked a clear route through the swim to aid his line lay.
“On the first morning I hadn’t seen a fish in the area but they arrived late afternoon – a fully scaled called Patch and Single Scale were there.”
On the second morning, Jake was woken by a double-figure common which he quickly slipped back.
“Then I walked up the bank to see if there was any feeding or activity over the other spot,” he said.
“As I stood there I couldn’t see anything. I was about to walk to my friend’s swim just down the bank when the rod gave a single beep and the bobbin wedged between the roller of the alarm and the blank of the rod. I lifted into the fish which was heavily weeded.”
Jake took to the boat but the fish ploughed from weedbed to weedbed.
“About 50yds down the bank we came to a weedbed and the line was pointing straight down. I put a small amount of pressure on the mainline with my hand, to feel if the fish was still attached.
“After feeling a couple of kicks, I put my arm in and grabbed a load of weed. As it came up, Single Scale slowly rose from the depths along with the weed.
“She paused for a couple of seconds before bolting off to another weedbed. After an hour and a half of getting towed around from weedbed to weedbed we eventually netted her – all 55lb of her, a healthy post-spawning weight to say the least.”
Jake baited with CC Moore Odyssey XXX boilies and fished a matching hookbait on a blowback rig.