Bluebell's 54lb Dave takes a zig in the heat

Bluebell's 54lb Dave takes a zig in the heat

Craig Walker beat his personal best twice during a dream session at the Bluebell Lakes complex in Northamptonshire.

Faced with warm temperatures and high air pressure, he targeted Swan Lake and put his faith in zig rigs right from the start.

After a quiet first night, Craig recast towards an area where he’d seen fish showing and soon got a take that resulted in a new pb of 36lb 8oz.

The first fish was the Vent Patch Common at 36lb 8oz

The first fish was the Vent Patch Common at 36lb 8oz

Just five minutes later he got another bite which unfortunately fell off during the fight, but he didn’t have long to wait before compensation arrived in the shape of the venue’s biggest fish – Dave at a weight of 54lb 11oz.

Dave weighed in at 54lb 11oz

Dave weighed in at 54lb 11oz

“I can't wait to get back down there as I've decided I'm gonna put a lot more time into Bluebell and hopefully get among some more of the bigguns!” said a delighted Craig.