A guest session on an Isle of Wight syndicate lake allowed Simon Dew to catch a UK fish bigger than anything he’s caught abroad.
The 52lb 6oz mirror came during a 48-hour session that also produced fish of 26lb 8oz and 33lb 10oz.
“I can’t believe I beat my French pb in the UK,” said Simon the morning after the capture, “It’s a dream come true and I actually had tears of happiness this morning.”
He explained: “This was a great privilege and I'm really grateful to Tim Oatley the owner for allowing me to fish there.
“I fished 48 hours with my friend Jamie who is a member of the syndicate and kindly took me as his guest. We decided to set up in the swims nearest the island. This would allow us access to the shallower water that is warmed by the sun.”
After a quiet opening 24 hours, the wind changed direction and the action began at midday with the capture of the 26lb 8oz mirror.
Simon added: “Later that evening I received another take on the same rod and landed a lovely 33lb 10oz mirror.
“I was over the moon as this was my biggest fish of the year so far. Little did I know the best was yet to come!
“Around 10.30pm the same rod was away yet again and this time the fish felt altogether different. It went on long runs along my right-hand margin between the island and the bank and then plodded out in open water in front of me for 15 minutes or so.
“When I went to land it I struggled to get it in the net due to the length of it!”
Simon used Richworth S-Core pop-ups over match freebies on Withy Pool rigs made with size 6 ESP Curve Shank hooks and 20lb ESP Stripteaze.