“Dad, I loving fishing,” said eight-year-old Tommy Smith after banking this 30lb 2oz common during an afternoon at a day-ticket lake.
The action came at the end of a trip to Devon’s Emperor Lakes for Tommy, his five-year-old brother Freddie, and their dad Tristan.
“After an amazing couple of days on the Emperor Syndicate Lake with my lads we decided to drop down to the Specimen Lake for the afternoon,” said Tristan.
“Just 15 minutes after Tommy cast to a marginal spot he had a savage drop back which he lifted into.
“It was obvious by the bend in his rod and the way Tommy looked at me it was a good fish. “He managed to cope solo for the first 10 minutes but then lost his arms a bit so I just helped take some weight off the rod whilst he still steered the fish and worked the drag.
“As soon as it went over the net cord I felt elated and shaky – Tommy just looked stunned and said, ‘Dad, I love fishing’ with a smile.
“Half an hour later Tommy's younger brother Freddie landed a 19lb 4oz ghostie with some help.
“I am without a doubt the proudest dad alive right now. Straight after their carp I asked the boys if they wanted to get the rods back out but instead they wanted to target good roach and perch.”