Mas­sive 4lb fish heads up string of bril­liant catches from lakes and drains

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

AFAMILY of fish­ing fans be­came the envy of the spec­i­men world when they banked a catch of big rudd in the most pro­lific week of the sea­son for the species so far.

Scun­thorpe’s Richard Brock­lesby took his seven-year-old son Cal­lum and six-year-old daugh­ter Lu­cie for a carp fish­ing ses­sion at Daiwa Man­ton Fish­ery.

While wait­ing for the alarms to go off, they rigged up with wag­gler and mag­got to try for a few of the elu­sive big rudd in the water.

Soon Richard had banked fish of 2lb 4oz and 4lb in quick suc­ces­sion. Cal­lum was next up with a 3lb 6oz lump, be­fore Lu­cie com­pleted the hat trick with a 3lb 2oz fish.

“I knew the fish­ery had some huge rudd in it but I never ex­pected us all to smash our per­sonal bests,” said Richard.

“I’ve fished for the rudd be­fore and I never feed a thing, as I find it dis­perses the shoals. Just a few mag­gots on the hook helps to sin­gle out the big­ger rudd.

“We’ll def­i­nitely be hav­ing an­other go for them, as I have a feel­ing the com­plex is home to a Bri­tish record,” he added.

Else­where, it was the drains and rivers of Fen­land that grabbed the rudd fish­ing head­lines. Stephen Pren­tice cashed in on the pur­ple patch, smash­ing his per­sonal best four times in a ses­sion, topped by a 3lb 11oz fish.

Float­ing bread ac­counted for rudd of 2lb 1oz, 2lb 4oz, 2lb 5oz, two at 2lb 8oz and 2lb 13oz be­fore the big­gest of the lot capped off an in­cred­i­ble ses­sion for the Cam­bridgeshire an­gler.

“I fed a few pieces of float­ing bread and cast to­wards any top­ping fish. The big rudd just kept com­ing and gave me a catch that I’m still stag­gered by,” ex­plained Stephen.

Keen spec­i­men an­gler Dave Owen has toured the coun­try in search of big fish, but hit the jack­pot close to home with a 2lb 14oz per­sonal-best river rudd.

High and coloured con­di­tions gave the Le­ices­ter­shire rod lit­tle rea­son for op­ti­mism but his mood changed when the fish – which more than dou­bles his pre­vi­ous best – fell to his trot­ted bread­flake.

An­drew Field also turned to bread on a Fen drain but al­lowed it to sink in the hope that a big fish would take on the drop. The tac­tic worked a treat when a 2lb 10oz fish graced his net.

Last but cer­tainly not least, Adam Ran­dall beat his per­sonal best with a 2lb 10oz Fen­land rudd. Hav­ing fin­ished his spring tench cam­paign, he switched his at­ten­tions to the golden-flanked species, and on only his third at­tempt of the sea­son he tasted suc­cess.

A 3lb 11oz rudd topped Stephen Pren­tice’s haul.

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