Sam slays Monument One in the heat

Sam slays Monument One in the heat

Sam Lawrence made hay in the sunshine with a brace of 40s and a 30 from a busy day-ticket venue.

Fishing on Monument One at RH Fisheries in Shropshire, Sam was booked into peg nine at the bottom of the lake.

In scorching sun, he initially bided his time.

“The weather was up into the high 20s and the fish were obviously up in the water so I had a little lead about and found a harder area at 40yds, and I chose to hang fire on getting some bait and rigs out,” he told Carpfeed.

Having spotted other anglers baiting fairly heavily, Sam decided to go against the grain and introduced just four medium Spombs of MC1 pellet and matching chopped boilies.

Fishing solid bags, Sam got his first bite at 6am the next day.

“It instantly felt heavy,” he said. “This ended up being Droptail at 42lb 8oz which was a new pb for me by 20lb.

Droptail at 42lb 8oz was the first fish and smashed Sam’s pb by 20lb

Droptail at 42lb 8oz was the first fish and smashed Sam’s pb by 20lb

“We did the pictures and got her back and I got the rod straight back out and put the kettle on.

“The kettle didn’t even have time to boil before that rod was off again resulting in an angry 34lb male mirror.”

This 34lb mirror was the smallest of the three

This 34lb mirror was the smallest of the three

By 8.30am Sam thought bite time was over, but the fish had other ideas.

“The left-hander went into meltdown and a big, hard fight was what I had, resulting in a big common sulking in the net.

“We rang Tom the bailiff and he came down and confirmed it was Houdini at 41lb 10oz, which was at a record weight. What a fish!

Houdini at its biggest-ever weight of 41lb 10oz

Houdini at its biggest-ever weight of 41lb 10oz

“A brace of 40s and a 34 is an achievement I never thought I would get from such a busy day ticket. It was a session that I will remember for a very long time.”

Houdini capped a memorable trip

Houdini capped a memorable trip