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PREBAITING paid off big time for Mick Warne after he banked this 38 lb common and an 11 lb barbel from the free River Thames.

The 42-year-old builder had a true red-letter session but it was all down to his previous hard graft.

Surbiton, Surrey-based Mick used 15 lb GR60 line, 5 foot of ESP leadcore, 14 inch Suffix Camfusion 25 lb, a size 6 Mugga hook and an Atomic dung bottle lead.

For the full story and full pictures of both of Mick’s stunning fish, read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.