This corking zip linear gave John Bassili a new personal best at exactly 39lb.
The Bait-Tech team member caught the fish from the Main Lake at Essex’s Fryerning Fisheries during a three-night session.
It was join’s second trip to the venue this season having rejoined the water after a long absence.
He said: “Waking up after your first night is always special at Fryerning, one of the most picturesque lakes around. At 7.15am the right rod bleeped, tightened up and tore off.
“I bent into a heavy fish at 85yds and instantly knew it was a good fish, a slow heavy plodder.
“After a good 10-minute battle a scale-perfect linear hit the spreader block of the landing net. The Zip Linear!
“On the scales she went 39lb exactly, a new UK pb by 8oz. I was over the moon. Mission: accomplished.”
John also bagged a 22lb common just before he was due to pack up. Both fish fell to Bait-Tech Triple-N pop-ups.