IS THIS THE BIGGEST TOTAL MATCH HAUL IN FISHING HISTORY?
ONE of the most extreme big-weight events in the history of match fishing ended with the 14 competitors sharing a staggering 16,000lb of carp between them.
Staged at Essex’s Arran’s Lake, thousands of mirrors and commons were landed during a festival in which the highest individual weight in one sixhour match toppled over the incredible 1,000lb mark. Action was so manic that more than 1,200lb overall was needed for 10th place. Michael Jones was crowned winner of the two-day competition after he took two section wins and weighed in an unassailable 1,919lb total. Second place went to match 16,000lb of carp taken in two-day Arran’s Lake fish-fest organiser Michael Corsini, who landed 1,770lb and he told Angling Times: “We all knew Arran’s was capable of huge weights but what we experienced on the day was well beyond our wildest dreams.
“It was absolutely manic, and I had more than 450 carp during the two days . That works out at a fish every 90 seconds.
“This sort of fishing certainly won’t suit everyone, and while it isn’t something I would want to do every week, I thoroughly enjoyed the two days and will be heading back for another festival later in the year.”