Resting his swim during daylight hours proved pivotal in Ben Jones’ capture of the coveted Baby Black at 49lb 2oz.
He banked the impressive mirror, along with another of 37lb 8oz, from Englefield Lagoon, a 47-acre lake run by Reading & District AA that was made famous in the 1980s for its stock of British record-busting bream.
The 29-year-old, from Bridgend in South Wales, was fishing at 23 wraps (92 yds) to an area of thin silt when he landed his new personal best at the Berkshire venue.
“I was there for a week, but only had the rods out for five nights, and rested the swim during the days, and even kept the lines out of the water on two of the nights,” said Ben, who is in his first season at Englefield.
“I baited the spot fairly heavily, putting out half a 5kg bucket each day of mainly whole and chopped Mainline Cell boilies.”
“On the fifth morning it all came good when I slipped my net under Baby Black, and on the same session I also had the mirror known as White Tips at 37lb 8oz, another mirror over 25lb and two 20lb commons.
“It was an unreal session!”
“Baby Black was my target for the winter, so now I’m going to head off to either Junction 12 in Reading, or Linch Hill (Oxfordshire), both of which I’ve managed to secure tickets for, and put in as much time as possible over the next few months,” he added.
Ben beat his old personal best by just over 10lb with the capture, and banked all of his fish using German rigs made from Korda components.
He set the hooks using 3.5oz Dumpy Distance silt-coloured leads from Bartons Leads.