Ryan Bourne took advantage of a cancelled booking at a popular day-ticket site to land the venue’s biggest mirror – for the second time in two weeks.
The 30lb-plus mirror slipped up to the same tactics in the same swim at the same weight both times at East Delph Lakes in Cambridgeshire.
Fishery boss James Mackay observed: “Historically the big linear always gets caught twice in quick succession, often two weeks apart.
“It’s like she throws caution to the wind for a silly spell, then goes on the missing list.”
The two captures bookended the recent spell of bad weather and Ryan was the only angler to fish that swim on the site's Back Lake in that time.
His second capture, on Saturday evening [March 3], came after a group booking on the water fell through due to snow-blocked roads.
Recounting both sessions in the peg known as Jake’s Swim, Ryan said: “On February 19 some friends and I had booked the Back Lake for a 48-hour session.
“It was below freezing when we arrived and I automatically knew the fish would be slow moving and not wanting to feed.”
Opting to fish a 3.5ft zig incorporating yellow foam, Ryan cast to the right-hand side of an island and got his first bite, from a 23lb 4oz mirror, at 3.30pm.
After a cold and quiet night, Ryan was about to pack up when his other rod wrapped round.
“After an intense fight I managed to slip it over the net and it was bigger than I expected.
“I knew this was going to be a special capture and, at 30lb 1oz, it was a personal best. To say I was over the moon was an understatement and I went home a happy man.”
Returning at the end of the ‘Beast from the East’ on Saturday, Ryan adopted the same tactics and got a take at 7pm.
He said: “It felt a good fish, not putting up much of a fight but it felt heavy.
“At this point my arms were shaking, it was cold and dark and my trusty headtorch was running low on battery, but luckily I managed to slip it over the net.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes, I had caught the big linear again at 30lb 1oz.”
Ryan went on to catch two more doubles during his stay.
Fishery boss James added: “It was almost like the carp was waiting for him!
“It’s good to see an angler using zigs at night – I think more would get caught on this tactic if more anglers tried it.”