Gav Walding waited all winter for this one – and you can see why.
The 39lb 6oz common, known as the Pig, was just reward for a tough cold-water campaign at a Northamptonshire stillwater.
The bite came at around 9am on Saturday morning just as Gav’s son had joined him in the swim.
“A liner started it,” said Gav. “As we looked at each other it didn't stop this time and the bobbin pulled to the top as the tip went over and away she went
“A good plod about and some heart-stopping plinks as the line pinged across those big old pecs and in she went. With a little family whoop it was job done!
“I have to admit I first thought it was a repeat of another one of the big ’uns, until we turned her on her side in the net to see the little pinch belly of the one known as the Pig.
“Looking mind blowing in late winter colours she was held up for a healthy crowd in true old-school fashion, and that buzz just topped it all off.”
Just look at it. Great photographs of a stunning Nene Valley common. Gav saw fish showing the week before his successful trip and just managed to secure the swim he wanted as he raced to the lake on Friday afternoon. It doesn’t get sweeter than that!