Surface-caught 45lb mirror from Linch Hill

Surface-caught 45lb mirror from Linch Hill

This beautiful Oxfordshire mirror was taken off the surface during a last-minute trip to Linch Hill.

A delayed materials delivery gave bricklayer Scott Phillips the day off, so he headed to Christchurch Lake in the sunshine and banked the Slate Grey at 45lb.

The 33-year-old West Midlander said: “I found out on the Monday that we couldn't get any materials delivered to the site until Wednesday, so that meant Tuesday I had a free day.

 What a creature! The Slate Grey at 45lb

What a creature! The Slate Grey at 45lb

“With the temperatures being high I thought I’d have a day floater fishing down Linch.

“Arriving at the lake about 5am I did a quick lap around to see if I could see any fish up in the water, but I couldn’t, so I started off fishing where I thought there might be some.

“After Spombing out some Krill Floaters it took five to 10 minutes for some fish to start taking them, so I kept trickling some in for about half an hour before I cast my bait out.

“After casting out it took about 10 minutes to get the take and after a brilliant fight on light gear I had a fish known as the Slate Grey at 45lb!”

Scott presented a trimmed-down Sticky Krill pop-up over Sticky Krill Floaters. His rig featured 10lb Korda Kruiser Kontrol and a prototype size 8 hook from RidgeMonkey.