Working out the clever ‘washing line method’ helped Anthony Peverill bank this scaly Oxfordshire 30.
The 31lb 12oz mirror came from Stanton Lake, which is one of the venues owned by Danny Fairbrass’s Embryo project.
Fishery manager Pete Lay pointed Anthony in the direction of the washing, or clothes, line trick, but let him work out the details for himself.
Anthony, from Banbury, said: “As the weather had warmed up and there was a warm wind blowing into the car park I started looking in the lilies.
“I found three fish, and this was one of them.
“The fishery manager, and mentor, Pete Lay suggested the clothes line method due to the tricky spot. He left me to work it out as I’ve never used it before.”
The method involves suspending your line above the water and semi-fixing it to a far-margin anchor (normally a bankstick).
Anthony continued: “I pole fed the rig 2ft from the bank and used silicone tubing to secure the line to a bankstick.
“I tightened the line to put a curve in the rod and keep the line out of the water all the way back to the rod.”
Having fed the spot by hand with a mix of halved and crumb Sticky Krill boilie, the 43-year-old was woken at dawn by a single bleep and the sound of the line pinging from the bobbin.
“It fought through the lilies and I got it out into the bay. I landed it and retained it for 10 minutes while the weekday bailiff, Andy Peace, drove over for the photos. It was an epic start to the day!”
Anthony used a 20mm Sticky Krill bottom bait on a Ronnie rig made with a size 5 Korda Krank hook.