Simon Batty moved swims in the rain, then made a soggy move straight back again, to bank this northern forty.
The 44lb 4oz mirror, known as Baz, came from Tyram Hall in South Yorkshire and was the just reward for a lot effort.
The 35-year-old’s session began encouragingly with a 22lb common coming within an hour of casting out.
But after two blank nights, Simon was keen to move.
“With heavy rain falling it was a tough task,” he said.
“But having seen a fish show on the opposite bank, I just had to move.”
Soaking wet, but in a new swim, Simon resumed his watching brief.
“I was back in the brolly trying to dry out. I think an hour had passed when I started to see them in numbers round the back of the island where I had more or less just moved from!
“After a quick weather update from a mate a big fish crashed clean out near the island – that was it, I had to move again!
“I quickly made my way round to the area with everything dripping wet, including the dog.”
Just 30 minutes later, one of Simon’s rods was away.
“From the moment I picked up the rod, I could tell it was a good fish, but it was only when I peered into the net that I could see it was a fish known as Baz, the one I dearly wanted to catch.”
Simon used a Sticky Krill wafter mounted on an Amnesia D rig tied with a size 4 Gardner Mugga hook.