Record shaker!

21lb bream banked

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - TONY GRIGORJEVS Se­nior Reporter

A 30-YEAR quest to land a gi­ant bream fi­nally came to an end for Bob Pick­er­ing when he banked this 21lb monster from a North West still­wa­ter.

The Stoke-on-Trent big-fish en­thu­si­ast had spent three decades in search of the elu­sive big bream from the 90-acre mere, and fi­nally hit the jack­pot when the 21-pounder fell for a leg­ered 6mm pel­let. In­cred­i­bly, it is the first bream to be caught from the venue this year, de­spite the fact that the fish are reg­u­larly tar­geted.

Yet another blank night ses­sion looked to be on the cards for Bob un­til the bite he had waited so long for ma­te­ri­alised at first light. He told An­gling Times: “When I picked the rod up the fish pow­ered off and I was con­vinced I had hooked a carp or a tench.

“Once it was within net­ting range I saw the back of the fish and I couldn’t be­lieve it was one of the huge bream that I had waited so many years to catch.

“I have never had a bream over 7lb from this wa­ter and no­body else had caught one of the true beasts for months on end. This is the fish of a life­time – all those blanks and years of frus­tra­tion have been more than worth­while.”

Bob caught the fish from a gravel bar 60 yards out, and his win­ning rig com­prised a 15lb braided hook­length and a size 10 hook.

North­ern spec­i­men an­gler Gary Knowles was blown away by the catch. He said: “This is the catch of the sea­son. It is a vast wa­ter that holds a hand­ful of bream that barely ever get caught.

“It’s such a well-de­served fish when you con­sider how long Bob has been tar­get­ing them.”

Bob cra­dles his hard-earned 21lb bream.

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