Setting a new lake record at Brasenose One was the perfect way for Tom Farrar to get over the rigours of spinal surgery.
The 26-year-old, who had an operation five weeks ago and cheekily admitted he probably shouldn’t have been on the bank, caught this 46lb 7oz mirror alongside a 20 and a 37.
The fish came during a 48-hour session at the popular Oxfordshire day-ticket water.
Tom told Carpfeed: “I started with a 37-pounder and was already over the moon and felt rewarded for hitting the bank in what I knew were perfect conditions – low pressure and a good moon phase after a heavy storm.
“The next bite, I’ve never had a fight from a fish like that before! It went like a steam train. “My first thoughts were it must have been a catfish.
“It stripped line from a tight clutch and crossed my other rods several times during the 35-minute battle. I had a feeling the whole time that it would be something special.”
Tom, from Wittering in Cambridgeshire, added: “It was in perfect condition and was huge across the back, at least 10-12ins across. I’ve never seen anything like it.
“Moments like this is why fishing is great for mental health. I really hope the record gets beaten again with this fish either this week, month or year so someone else can hopefully get the same enjoyment out of it as I did.”
Tom presented a D-rig with a Korda Krank Choddy hook and a Mad Baits wafter. He fished to a shallow silt spot at 70yds and baited with 15 Spombs every two hours.