TOMMY PICKERING: £50k Embassy Win
6IN 1995 Tommy Pickering became one of the first UK match anglers to lay claim to a big money prize, scooping £50,000 for breaking the European catch record.
To do it, the England International netted 323lb 11oz on day one of the Embassy Pairs Final on Denmark’s Skanderborg Lake.
Tommy’s record haul, made up of 170 bream, four roach and four perch, took the stewards 17 weigh-ins to record and beat the previous European best of 323lb 5oz taken by RAF angler Ian Bayles in Cyprus six years earlier.
Tommy’s catch also helped him to victory in the event alongside his partner and fellow Barnsley Blacks team-mate Denis White, adding a share of £6,000 to his prize pot.
Ironically, the pair shouldn’t really have been on the boat to Denmark. Tommy said: “We were just out of the placings to qualify for the event, but luckily for me and Denis a couple of the lads who did qualify couldn’t make the trip so we stepped in – I was so glad we did.”
To keep the fish feeding during his historic catch, Tommy began the session by introducing 12 pints of casters and 20lb of groundbait.
His biggest bream tipped the scales at just 3lb, with most around 2lb. All the slabs came to worm on a size 10 hook fished on a pole just 7m out.
Flashback to 1995 and Tommy’s £50,000 catch.