New Brasenose One lake record 'goes like a steam train'

New Brasenose One lake record 'goes like a steam train'

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.

This 46lb 7oz mirror is the biggest fish in the Linear Fisheries water

This 46lb 7oz mirror is the biggest fish in the Linear Fisheries 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.

This distinctive 37-pounder came first

This distinctive 37-pounder came first

“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.

The fish’s huge frame is evident here

The fish’s huge frame is evident here

“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.

Tom’s recent spinal surgery was certainly tested!

Tom’s recent spinal surgery was certainly tested!