One of the biggest fish in Brasenose One made a New Year’s Day appearance to give Jack Leddington a new personal best.
The 43lb 1oz mirror is just 3oz off the lake record at the popular Linear Fisheries water in Oxfordshire.
It came as part of a four-fish hit for the 25-year-old Halesowen angler.
Jack told Carpfeed: “Me and a friend did Saturday night on Oxlease Lake with no sign of anything, and from speaking to a few people we found out nothing had been caught.
“So we decided to move and, after speaking to a few other anglers, it was obvious that the far side of B1 was the place to be with several anglers catching the previous night.
“After choosing swims I decided to fish at 80yds and put out a few Spombs of particle, hemp, groats and corn.
“My first take came within two hours, which was a mirror of 25lb 14oz. A few more Spombs and a couple of hours later the next one was away at 29lb 10oz.
“This was the last of the night and a nice way to end the year.
“Next morning I was woken by a take at 8am, this time from a lovely 25lb 3oz fish – what a way to start 2018!
“I put a few more Spombs out in the hope of one more, but little did I know what would be in my net next.
“The take came just before a severe downpour which absolutely soaked me through while playing the beast.
“The fish was photographed and weighed, and I was buzzing when the lads who were helping said it was 43lb.
“It was an unbelievable session but it wouldn't have come together without speaking to other anglers and making the effort to get on the fish.”
All the fish came to Pineapple Specials pop-ups from Horizon Baits.