Solar Tackle field tester Gunther De Vos has kicked his season off nicely with this 38lb 8oz mirror landed landed on an overnighter on his Belgian syndicate, which is a section of The Schelde river that was dammed off 200 years ago.
Gunther explains: "I fished my home syndicate for an overnighter in an area that I'd pre-baited with some of Solar Tackle’s Pink & White test baits.
"I'd stuck the baits in my freezer on receiving them, taking them out after 12 hours, shaking off the excess ice and then covering them in rock salt. As the baits thawed they soaked in some of the salt, which is a tactic I've used to great success in previous spring seasons (always before the carp spawn).
"On the week leading up to the session I tricked some bait into a shallow area that I liked the look of, only scattering a few handfuls over the area each day.
"Dropping into the area for a single night, I presented a 14mm test bait and a 14mm 4th Rod Top Banana pop-up snowman style over a scattering of the Pink & White test baits.
"The following morning one of the rods tore off and after a brilliant scrap, this beauty slid into the net."