CHRIS YATES: Record Carp

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DICK Walker’s 44lb record carp from Red­mire Pool stood for 28 years un­til 1980, when Chris Yates en­tered angling folk­lore by bank­ing a 51lb 6oz mir­ror from the same fa­mous Here­ford­shire venue.

De­spite be­ing wit­nessed by nu­mer­ous rep­utable names from the carp fish­ing fra­ter­nity, in­clud­ing Red­mire syn­di­cate leader Tom Min­tram, Yates’ record was never of­fi­cially ac­cepted as the fish was not ‘made avail­able for in­spec­tion’ by Bri­tish Record Fish Com­mit­tee mem­bers.

This would have re­quired tak­ing the fish away from the pool, some­thing Yates was not pre­pared to do. It was duly weighed, pho­tographed and re­turned to the wa­ter.

To make the catch Yates used noth­ing more com­pli­cated than sweet­corn on the hook, with a lump of plas­ticine for cast­ing weight. The fish, which was af­fec­tion­ately named The Bishop, had a huge im­pact on the sport. Up un­til that point no­body thought catch­ing a 50lb-plus carp was pos­si­ble.

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