This brute of a mirror fell to an unusual tactic at a big southern pit.
Mitch Hammonds caught the fish, known as the Croc, at 44lb 10oz during a prolific session which also produced three 30s and a 20.
Having baited heavily with 10kg of 24mm Sticky Manilla boilies and a sack of maize across three nights, the Cirencester angler fish 14mm foam balls over the top.
These unusual fake hookbaits, often used to ward off the attentions crayfish, had been soaked in Sticky’s Signature Squid liquid.
Mitch’s haul included a 32lb common and mirrors of 35lb and 33lb before he latched into the Croc.
The fish came from a “small umbrella-sized plateau” at 120yds.
“I used long, supple Jel-E-Wyre booms for the rig to settle in silkweed around the gravel hump,” said Mitch, who put 15 spods of bait over each hookbait 4ft apart and 30 spod on top of the gravel.
The winning rigs also featured size 3 ESP MK2 Stiff Rigger hooks and 5oz Korda leads.