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THE first double-figure tench of the Spring has been landed by an ultra-accurate specimen angler who caught the fish at 97 metres!

Carper Steve Gould tempted the 11 lb specimen from a Staffordshire syndicate lake and knew the exact distance his spot was as he marks his main line.

The 30-year-old bricklayer explained: ‘I decided to fish for a couple of nights as the lake had a traditional Closed Season and it holds a quite a few 30s.

‘At 5.30 am I had a take and thought I’d hooked a carp at first as it gave a really good account for itself.

‘I caught six bream to about 6 lb and knew this fish wasn’t one of those a sit gave a few runs.

‘It easily beats my old PB of 7 lb and speaking to the syndicate boss we think it is the biggest from the lake.

‘It fell to a pellet and plastic corn cocktail and I spodded out a hemp, sweetcorn and boilie mix three times a day over the spot at 97 metres, which I know is accurate as I mark my lines,’ he added.

For the full catch photograph and more details of this stunning fish, check out this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.