ANGLING Times features staff are often on the spot when a momentous catch is made. Here we recall six very special moments.
Mega Nene haul
Each year a huge shoal of bream congregates in the town centre stretch of the Nene in Peterborough. In 2014 river regular Mike Farrar banked a colossal 350lb-plus for the Angling TImes cameras.
Our snapper could barely keep up with the pace when Hadrian Whittle put an incredible 70lb of bleak in the net – more than 2,000 fish!
Clumber Park read the script in 2012 when Nick Speed tried to catch a double-figure bream on the pole for the cameras. A 12-pounder duly obliged, with Angling Times’ own Ben Fisk taking an 11lb 8oz fish on the very next drop-in.
When photographer Mick Rouse visited Llandegfedd Reservoir in 1988 he couldn’t have prepared himself for the 44lb 8oz pike that Carl Garratt netted during that trip.
The Division One National on the Trent in 2004 still lives in the memory of Angling Times staff after Steve Clark broke the match record for the tournament with a 160lb 12oz haul of bream and barbel.
Light tackle tester
Silverfish were matchman Sean Cameron’s target for a feature at Yorkshire’s Sherburn Pond. Happily, his 3lb hooklength and size 18 hook stood up to a shock 24lb pike that snaffled up an ide that was being brought to the bank.