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