NICKY BRAY has smashed the Welsh rudd record with this 2 lb 12 oz beauty from a former coal mining lake near Abercwmboi in South Wales.

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The stunning rudd was caught by design. He was using a helicopter rig, Kamasan black cap feeder with added lead tape for extra weight and to add to the bolt rig effect, 3 inch microbraid hooklink tied to a size 16 spade end hook.

The 39-year-old technician from Caerphilly said: “It was caught one minute after a tactical change by popping up a single maggot with a single polystyrene ball on the hook.

“I caught around 20 small rudd the evening before up until 1 am over some spodded maggots and groundbait and lost what I guess was another big fish in the weed at first light.

“The lake that was once part of an industrial phurnacite plant making coal briquettes but now disused and taken back by nature in the Welsh valleys,” added Nicky, who has had many big roach to 2 lb 8 oz and rudd to 1 lb 15 oz previously from the lake.

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