A fish (more like 100 fish) too far at Ar­ran’s

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I LOVE catch­ing fish as much as the next man, but read­ing about the weights at Ar­ran’s Lake last week al­most made me weep!

When I first took up an­gling about 10 years ago a 100lb catch made big head­lines – nowa­days it seems that ev­ery fish­ery is ca­pa­ble of at­tain­ing such dizzy heights.

But the 1,514lb match record that was set at Ar­ran’s Lake is ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous. It gets to a point where it be­comes catch­ing and not fish­ing, and this was a clas­sic ex­am­ple.

The only skill must be drag­ging them in quickly, and it sounds as though even the most am­a­teur­ish an­gler could land 100lb-plus from this venue with no trou­ble at all.

Fish­ing is all about com­ing up with a plan that even­tu­ally tricks a few fish into feed­ing, but some waters are set up to pro­vide ac­tion that is lit­er­ally guar­an­teed, with lit­tle or no skill re­quired to get bites.

I’m al­ways open to try­ing dif­fer­ent types of fish­ing but I can cat­e­gor­i­cally state I will never set foot on Ar­ran’s banks!

Malcolm Taplow, Braintree

Has Ar­ran’s Lake over­stepped the bag­ging mark?

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