A day-ticket lake which once produced the biggest common in the country gave Rob Dale this near 40-pounder.
The 39lb 6oz specimen came from Strawberry Fields in Kent, perhaps best known for the Lee Jackson Fish which weighed 63lb 4oz at its peak.
Tackling the venue during the weekend’s mild spell, bricklayer Rob was confident of a bite.
He told Carpfeed: “I was doing a 48-hour session from Friday until Sunday.
“With the weather being unusually warm I thought my chances were good for at least a bite on this hard lake.”
Rob, from Crawley in West Sussex, fished just 20yds out under an overhanging tree.
He added: “The bite came at 5.15am on Saturday morning and the fish put up a good fight, holding the bottom of the lake.”
Rob used a KD rig and an Urban Bait Red Spicy Fish boilie hookbait.
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