UK near-60 is "like reeling in a car bonnet"

UK near-60 is "like reeling in a car bonnet"

Like “bringing in a car bonnet” is how Gareth Hughes described landing this Cambridgeshire mirror just shy of 60lb. 

The 58lb 12oz chunk fell alongside two scaly 30s weighing 38lb 11oz and 34lb, plus another mirror of 40lb 8oz.

All the fish came during a three-day session on Grenville Lake, where the mirror is the biggest resident.

 Gareth takes the strain of the mighty mirror

Gareth takes the strain of the mighty mirror

The Bedford angler said: “I knew it was big when as soon as I hooked it because it surfaced in the sunlight around 90yds out.

“Then, when it dived back down, it felt like bringing in a car bonnet. It was an incredible fight and when it got near and I saw the size of the mouth and its huge shoulders, I started to shake.

“I thought I had a new personal best when I banked the 40lb 8oz fish the day before but when this one spun the scales round I just couldn’t believe it.”

 This 40 came just the day before

This 40 came just the day before

Gareth added: “This was the only bite of the day. It ripped off at 3pm on a bright sunny day with not a cloud in the sky. And what a fish!” 

 This 38lb 11oz mirror was only the third biggest of the trip

This 38lb 11oz mirror was only the third biggest of the trip

It is the same fish caught at a venue-record weight of 59lb 1oz by Paul Bennett back in May.

Gareth targeted a spot at 108yds and fed between 15kg and 20kg of Dynamite Red Amo boilies, presenting a matching Fluro pop-up on a multi rig over the top.

 This scaly mirror weighed 34lb

This scaly mirror weighed 34lb