Matthew Swan’s second UK 50-pounder turned out to be the hardest-fighting fish he’s ever caught.
The big mirror, known as the Peach, came from Monks Pit in Cambridgeshire at 50lb 2oz in a dream session which produced 11 bites in total.
Matthew, whose previous 50 was also from Monks, said: “It isn’t a water you can target fish – all you can do is try to play the numbers game and just hit the areas where you think the bigger ones are holding up.
“The Peach is rather elusive, only coming out once a year. She had hit the banks in May on a zig, so I hoped she would still come out over bait.”
The 31-year-old fished the Point swim and presented his rigs over three Spombs of bait on each rod. The bite he wanted came at 5pm on the second day.
“My middle rod sprung into life with the fish stripping line off what I thought was a tight clutch.
“The fish quickly made it to a large bed of kelp, but keeping steady pressure and the rod as high as I could I managed to ease the fish through the kelp – though each second was heart-stopping stuff!
“As I got her near the net she kept rolling in the edge trying to shed the hook, but she eventually went over the net cord.
“I can honestly say it’s the hardest-fighting fish I have ever caught.”
Matthew fished snowman rigs with Nash Scopex boilies, size 6 Claw hooks and 15lb Combilink.