GI­ANT HITS AND RUNS!

53lb 4lb mir­ror prac­ti­cally rips the rod from the rest

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

DDAVID Crouch didn’t let a hit-and-run driver ruin his fish­ing. He dusted off his van and went on to bank this 53lb 4oz mir­ror.

The day be­fore his week­end ses­sion at Grenville Lake, a ve­hi­cle caused £3,000 of dam­age to his fish­ing trans­port, but with the van still drive­able, David wouldn’t be beaten.

“It’s a day I will never for­get, I have to say,” he re­called af­ter catch­ing the big mir­ror from the Cam­bridgeshire venue.

Ar­riv­ing to find only six other an­glers oc­cu­py­ing the 72-acre lake, David had a good look around with the aid of his bi­cy­cle and set­tled on peg 12 af­ter see­ing a fish at long range.

Hav­ing found a clear spot next to a weedbed 80 yards out, David baited with 20 Spombs of CC Moore Odyssey XXX boilies and man­aged a 21lb 4oz mir­ror on one of his 12mm North­ern Spe­cial hook­baits at 3am.

“Noth­ing hap­pened un­til about 8.30am, when I was watch­ing the wa­ter and see­ing a lot of fish show­ing at about 150 yards out.

“The next thing the rod I had recast in the night was rip­ping off, nearly be­ing dragged from the rest. I pulled into this and felt a big weight. I could tell straight­away that this fish was al­to­gether dif­fer­ent from the other.”

THIS fifty is an­other ex­am­ple of the huge fish liv­ing in Grenville Lake.

The rich 72-acre venue, which has depths down to 35ft, con­tains more than a hun­dred carp over 35lb and nu­mer­ous for­ties and fifties among its to­tal stock of 1,000 fish.

With the old­est stocked fish only just over 15 years old, the venue’s true po­ten­tial may still be ahead of it.

A fraught bat­tle, which saw David get into the wa­ter in his waders, even­tu­ally came to an end af­ter 10 min­utes.

“I could see this was in­deed a good fish,” he said. “Once I was happy I lifted the net out, and oh my god, this was a spe­cial fish, it felt very heavy! On to the mat and peel­ing back the net, a huge mir­ror carp lay in front of me. I was gob­s­macked –this was mas­sive!”

David beck­oned two pass­ing mem­bers to help weigh and pho­to­graph the fish.

“It was an im­mense male carp,” he said. “A real brute of a fish, and we all stood in awe of him.”

“I was gob­s­macked. It was an im­mense male carp, a real brute of a fish, and we all stood in awe of him””

David Crouch and his 53lb 4oz Grenville fish.

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