A lengthy battle eventually yielded a very special Yateley carp for Gary Day.
The 48lb 12oz mirror made the most of its weedy surroundings at the iconic Hampshire venue but finally succumbed more than an hour after the bite.
“It all started at about 9am,” said Gary, “I had a run and when I picked up the rod the first five to 10 seconds the fish just ran and I couldn't do anything with it.
“Then I managed to start getting her under a bit of control but she was in weed and moving very slowly.
“Then it went solid.
“I tried everything I know to try to get her out – I went up high, left, and right but it was still solid, so I put my rod back on the rest, slackening off the line a bit.
“I knew the fish was still on because bubbles were coming up in the area and after about half an hour she moved.
“I was making line back on her when she weeded me back up again, so again I tried everything but still no joy, so back on the rest went the rod again.”
The game of cat and mouse repeated itself once more, before Gary decided to leave the rod on the rest and cook up some bacon and egss.
“After about another 30 to 45 minutes my swim erupted and the fish and all this weed came to the surface, and she was off again.
“After about a five-minute fight I finally got the net under her!”
Gary used double 12mm White Redemption hookbaits from 3 Foot Twitch on a hinged stiff rig.