Tin Opener at 51lb 7oz lat­est big res­i­dent to reap­pear at Yorks venue

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

ERIC’S Willows Lake con­tin­ues to bounce back from flood­ing with the cap­ture of an­other 50-pounder feared to have been washed away.

This 51lb 7oz mir­ror, known as Tin Opener, fell to Scott Millin at the York­shire day-ticket venue and is the lake’s fifth dif­fer­ent fifty.

Willows was del­uged late last Novem­ber and only re-opened in May, but none of the lake’s largest fish are thought to have been lost.

Boss Tom Broom­head said: “I think af­ter the floods a few peo­ple were du­bi­ous as to the out­come with re­gard to the stock. Our minds have been slowly put at ease over the fol­low­ing months as slowly, one by one, the big res­i­dents have

slipped up and graced the mat.”

Scott caught a high twenty and a stockie on zigs be­fore de­cid­ing to re­cast ev­ery two hours to track down the fish.

“That re­sulted in a take which weeded me up about 30 yards out, so off in the boat I went,” he said. It was Scott’s first boat bat­tle, but he was soon into the swing of things.

He said: “I used the rod to steer, reel­ing left to right to get to the fish within a few min­utes. I man­aged to get above it, then the bat­tle be­gan and I fi­nally man­aged to net it.”

Fish­ery boss Tom, on hand to help, said: “As soon as I spot­ted the scale pat­tern I grabbed Scott’s hand and pre­ma­turely shook it. Lit­tle did he know! I made the call it would be knock­ing on 50lb and here it is.”

Scott Millin with Tin Opener at 51lb 7oz.

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