I owned scales ca­pa­ble of ac­cu­rately weigh­ing lit­tle fish, so my at­ti­tude was al­ways, why not?

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Dennis Flack

Cham­pion catches

Dennis was also a pedi­gree match an­gler, with a suc­cess­ful ca­reer span­ning three decades, from the 1960s through to the early 1980s. He won the Lit­tle Ouse Cham­pi­onships and River Lark Cham­pi­onships back in the days when 200 to 300 an­glers par­tic­i­pated. He also rep­re­sented Suf­folk 15 times in All Eng­land and NFA Na­tional Cham­pi­onship events.

His tally of ‘big­ger’ species is also im­pres­sive, with pike to 27 lb, perch to 4 lb and zan­der to 13 lb – all caught from his lo­cal Lit­tle Ouse, Lark and Cut-Off Chan­nel. He also suc­cess­fully per­suaded the Na­tional Rivers Au­thor­ity to stock 300 bar­bel into the Lit­tle Ouse, hav­ing caught them in the River Sev­ern and fallen in love with the species.

Nearly two decades on from that in­cred­i­ble year, Dennis’s trio of record tid­dlers still re­main un­beaten. If there’s a ded­i­cated pur­suer of mini species out there to­day, Dennis’s mini species records might one day be beaten, but will any in­di­vid­ual an­gler ever match three in­di­vid­ual British records caught in one year, or catch ten 1 lb-plus dace in a day? I re­ally don’t think so. Dennis Flack will for­ever wear the crown as ‘Bri­tain’s best­known big lit­tle fish ex­pert.’

■ A net of 1987 sil­ver – Dennis and his bag of spec­i­men dace.

■ Dennis Flack’s fab­u­lous three-spined stick­le­back, weigh­ing 9 g.

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