Chris Smart’s first trip to Manor Farm on the Linear complex produced arguably the most sought-after fish on the whole site.
The 27-year-old managed six fish topped by Kempy’s Linear at exactly 46lb.
Arriving on Thursday evening and not knowing the venue, the Bristol angler adopted a cautious approach to baiting and feature finding, and it paid off in style.
“I didn’t have any clue what this lake was like on depths or any features, but after walking around I did notice a lot of bubbles on the top road side of the lake.
“Not wanting to disturb the swim by leading around too much, I found a small area which was clear around lots of weed.”
Chris cast out solid PVA bags and put three or four spods of bait over the top. From 2am he had two fish of 18lb and 22lb, and after a warm day the fish moved back in on Friday evening.
“At about 12.30am the fish moved back in for a grub and I had three more between 14lb and 18lb,” said Chris.
Opting to stay for one more night, Chris’s swim came alive early on Saturday morning.
He said: “At about 6.30am I was watching the water and couldn’t believe the action I was seeing out in front of my swim. There was loads of bubbling over my spot and I was very confident of a bite.”
The inevitable happened 30 minutes later and Chris instantly knew it was a bigger fish.
“Its head popped up and this fish made me speechless,” he said, “I didn’t want to lose it so it was an intense five minutes of bringing it to the net.
“I saw the scales, plus the frame of this fish, and I said ‘I can’t believe it, it’s Kempy’s!’.
“It still hasn’t sunk in. What a fish!”
Chris used pink Sticky Signature wafters in PVA bags with pellets and crumbed Manilla boilies.