TOMMY PICK­ER­ING: £50k Em­bassy Win

Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -

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.

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