Trying zigs for the first time ever produced a new 40-pounder at Orchid Lake.
Paul Jones had already caught two twenties when he decided to fish a suspended piece of foam for the first time in his angling career.
Just 45 minutes later he was cradling Big T at an all-time top weight of 40lb 2oz.
The 40-year-old lives just a stone’s throw from the Oxfordshire day-ticket lake and has fished it for 25 years. Big T was his 20th Orchid fish of the year and came during a 48-hour session in the Middles swim.
Paul told carpfeed.com: “I knew it had done a few fish recently so I went in the Middles. I had nothing during the first night but on the second morning I had a 27lb 4oz mirror and later that afternoon I had a 28lb 2oz mirror.
“The next day I saw a few fish showing on the top and I decided to try a zig for the first time.
“15 minutes later I had a screaming take. It took me 30 minutes to land the fish as it was the first time I’d used zigs and I didn’t want to give it too much stick.
“As soon as I saw it in the net I knew which one it was. I was absolutely buzzing!”
The machine operator from Berinsfield used fake corn on D rigs for his two twenties and soaked a black and yellow Fox Zig Aligna in Korda Kiana Carp Corn Twist Goo for the forty. He presented it on a 5ft hooklength.