Carl Sharp was packing away, with just a single rod left on the floor, when he latched into a fish last caught more than three years ago.
Six months on from his last trip to the Avenue in Shropshire, the West Midlands angler hit the ground running with an elusive 39lb 6oz common and a 32lb 6oz mirror – though he had to wait for them.
The larger fish, which is known as the Leopard Common, has not seen the bank for an incredible three years.
Carl told Carpfeed: “With the first 40 hours proving fruitless it was looking like a grim end to my return – that was until an hour before I packed away and my left-hand rod towards the gravel bar was away with a lovely 32lb 6oz mirror.
“With the disturbance, I decided not to recast and call it a day, slowly packing away the gear onto the barrow.
“All that was left was one rod, which I decided to place on the floor with a stone on the spool whilst unscrewing the alarms at the back of the swim.
“Suddenly I heard the whirring of my clutch as it propelled off at a rate of knots.
“To cut a long story short, I eventually slipped the net under an awesome common carp known as the Leopard Common, which has not been caught in over three years!
“At 39lb 6oz it was a new personal-best common for me.”
Carl used PCF Stella Yella pop-ups over PCF Sweet Amino boilies.