Self­less deed re­sults in spooky 41lb 7oz Sur­rey fish

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

NE good deed de­serves another, they say – and so it proved for Gavin Campbell when his self­less­ness led to the cap­ture of this strik­ing ghostie.

The fish, which weighed in at 41lb 7oz, had not been caught for two years and is the first 40-pounder from its Sur­rey home.

It was banked af­ter Gavin, who learned to fish on the venue, helped his friend up his per­sonal best.

“I took my mate to see if he could beat his 22lb pb,” said the 25-year-old, “and this place holds a fair few 30-pounders.

“Af­ter a few laps I found some fish in a bay and let him go first. He flicked a rig out 20 yards to a lit­tle spot I told him about and 20 min­utes later he had a 33lb 1oz mir­ror in the net – job done!

“I was so happy for him and the swim had blown af­ter the cap­ture, so I baited a cou­ple of mar­gin spots half-heart­edly and did a cou­ple more laps.

“I was just say­ing ‘let’s go cel­e­brate’ when I spot­ted a fish cruise over one of the spots – so I quickly tied up a rig and low­ered it in.

“I then sat and watched as the fish I’ve seen grow­ing for the last five years came feed­ing up the mar­ginal shelf.

“To cut a long story short, she spun the nee­dle round to 41lb 7oz af­ter two years un­caught.

“She was my 13th thirty from the lake since learning to fish on there.

“What a gift for help­ing my buddy catch one, and what a cou­ple of hours’ fish­ing that was!” Gavin con­cluded.

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