“After dinner that day I topped up with ten more Spombs of maize and a kilo of boilies, enough for a bite. I opted to fish a snowman rig with a hardened 18mm boilie topped with a Scent from Hell pop-up, fished slip D-rig style on a size 6 Kurv Shank hook to 20lb N-Trap Semi-Stiff, with a lead clip running on a Safe Zone leader.
“During the hours of darkness I was getting some savage liners and then at 5.30am the rod on that spot was away and I knew straight away that it was a big fish as it was just staying on the bottom, plodding around. A couple of the lads heard the take and came to help and the fish popped up ten yards out and I walked back until my mate Andy said that it was in the net. I then switched on my headtorch and we were amazed at the size of it! Danny turned up and confirmed that it was Fudgy’s and I started going mental – I think they heard me in Paris! It was also almost exactly a year – same time and day – since Mark had caught it.
“I found it difficult to hold it for the photos, and if I’m honest I just wanted to get it back. We celebrated in style that night, drinking champagne into the early hours, and I spent the rest of the week socialising with the other lads. I can’t wait to get back this year,” he added.