Craig Mortimer knew he only had one shot at lowering a rig into position during a snatched overnighter, so it’s a good job he nailed it.
The 30-year-old Ipswich angler positioned his bait with precision at Nunnery D Lake in Norfolk and was rewarded with this 47lb 15oz mirror known as Stella.
The new personal best came during a 12-hour session for the Sticky, Gardner and Daiwa-backed IT consultant.
He said: “I managed to sneak a Saturday night away from the family to do a quick night.
“After a good walk about the lake, I found a number of fishing hanging around a very shallow marginal area under some overhanging trees.
“I knew it would be tricky to get a bait presented and I would have to do it first time.
“I waited for an opportunity to lower the rig in when the fish moved off, and first chuck went straight onto the spot.
“I slowly introduced one bait at a time so as not to spook the fish – it took around an hour to get everything sorted and settled.
“I woke up around midnight to watch the water and sat there wondering why it hadn’t happened, but at 2am I was rudely awoken by an absolute one-toner, which resulted in this 47lb 15oz new pb.”