Irish eyes were smiling on a gale-lashed Rutland Water today, when Robbie Marsh nailed a new lure caught PB of 23lbs.
He hooked it on the last cast of the day, on a borrowed rod - just minutes after telling boat partner Gary Jane his ambition for the season was to catch a 20 on a lure.
Another fish of 21lbs, a few doubles and jacks and a scattering of zander made up the 25 or so fish caught on a day when most boats blanked on a wind-swept reservoir.
Conditions were such that anglers were forced to fish more sheltered parts of the South Shore and North Arm for most of the day.
More than 40 pairs fished the event, which raised more than £300 for children's cancer charity