Catch of the week Big lin­ear is out

43lb 4oz pb after fam­ily be­reave­ment

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

AN EMO­TIONAL Ed­die Warde caught the fish of his dreams just days after his dad passed away.

Hav­ing lost his fa­ther Wez to can­cer, the Northamp­ton­shire an­gler was de­ter­mined to ful­fil a long-stand­ing so­cial ses­sion – and it turned into a trip he will never for­get.

“Two weeks be­fore the trip my dad Wez was di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal can­cer, and just five days be­fore the planned out­ing I re­ceived the heart-wrench­ing news that he had sadly died,” said Ed­die.

“I was dev­as­tated but adamant the trip should still go ahead. I told friends and fam­ily mem­bers that some­thing spe­cial would grace my net, but I had one par­tic­u­lar fish in mind that I re­ally wanted and I said Wez would give it to me!”

Ed­die and Rush­den Angling Cen­tre owner Nick Whit­mill headed to nearby Ec­ton Lakes in search of that spe­cial fish.

On the first night, Ed­die went to bed at about 11pm and told Nick “I’m hav­ing the Big Lin”.

Four hours later, Ed­die was wo­ken by a sin­gle bleep and hit into a fish. “The rod was solid with rafts of float­ing weed cov­er­ing the line,” said the Higham Fer­rers an­gler, who donned his waders to help with the fight.

“Grad­u­ally the fish came into view and it was one of the lake’s two big lin­ears! At this point I was shak­ing and think­ing ‘could it re­ally be the one?’.”

In­deed it was – 11 months after its last cap­ture, the Big Lin at a per­sonal-best weight of 43lb 4oz.

“Nick was speech­less and I was in pieces, so after weigh­ing we sacked her as sun­rise was al­most upon us and raised a cel­e­bra­tory beer to my beloved dad, know­ing he’d made my dreams come true.

“I just sat in the wa­ter with the Big Lin, sob­bing un­til sun­rise.

“A mon­u­men­tal mo­ment in our hearts and minds, a trip that will never be for­got­ten.”

This was a very emo­tional cap­ture.

Ed­die Warde cra­dles the 43lb 4oz Big Lin.

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