CHRIS YATES: Record Carp
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.