DOWN near Southampton, Hampshire, Shane Gould had an epic battle in the dark with a colossal 54 lb 12 oz mirror carp at a local lake.

The 41-year-old floor layer told the Mail: “It took me by surprise and I didn’t even have my head-torch to hand so it was a bit of a guessing game as to what she was doing.

“On trying to net her she went off like one of those bionic commons and flat-rodded me. I got her in second attempt and could barely lift the net and knew it was a big fish. I shouted over to the angler next door who came over to help out,” concluded Shane, who was fishing at 140 yards with a Mainline Baits Cell boilie.

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