ALAN WIL­SON: Record Tench 1985

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ALAN Wil­son’s cap­ture of a 12lb 8oz 11dr tench from Hert­ford­shire’s Wil­stone Reser­voir in June 1985 smashed the record out of sight by 2lb 8oz.

As well as cap­tur­ing the at­ten­tion of the en­tire coarse fish­ing world, it also showed just what was pos­si­ble by adopt­ing a full-on, highly-ded­i­cated spec­i­men angling ap­proach.

Af­ter catch­ing the fish on feeder fished sweet­corn shortly af­ter sun­rise, the cap­tor re­tained the fish in a sub­merged keep-sack be­fore driv­ing to the near­est phone box and ar­rang­ing for Angling Times and the Bri­tish Record Fish Com­mit­tee to come down to weigh and pho­to­graph the new record fish.

Alan, who is no longer with us, also won the pres­ti­gious Dren­nan Cup three times.

Alan Wil­son’s 12lb 8oz 11dr tench was an easy record.

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