A spot of prebaiting gave Jake Anderson this rare Kent mirror.
The 38-pounder, which is one of the more elusive residents of Mid Kent Fisheries’ Tonford Lake, fell during a midweek overnighter.
The day before his session, Jake had sprinkled some baits in front of a swim known as Cushties, and returned after work the next day. Four anglers were already on the venue, but none at the end of the lake he had prebaited.
Within an hour of casting out, Jake landed a 22lb common, but had to wait until 6.15am for his next bite.
“As it slid into the net I thought it looked like an upper twenty or even a low thirty,” explained Jake. “It wasn’t until I lifted it out of the water and saw the width across its back that I knew it was bigger. On the scales the big mirror pulled the needle round to 38lb.
“I couldn’t have been happier, especially as this is one of the rarer Tonford carp to grace the bank.”
The fish were Jake’s first from the venue in 2017 after a tough winter, and he returned after work to bank another 22lb common.
Jake used his own ‘Winter Mix’ boilies made with Solar’s Mixmaster Esterblend 12 liquid.