Carp gallery Your best fish re­vealed

Well-known lump and long-lost mir­ror hit the bank

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

IT’S been a tale of two fifties at a north­ern day-ticket wa­ter in re­cent weeks.

Hit­ting the bank at Eric’s Wil­lows Lake, in West York­shire, were two very dif­fer­ent crea­tures – one cam­era-shy, the other less so.

Three Scale, weigh­ing 52lb 10oz, came out for the third time in quick suc­ces­sion to Brian Latham dur­ing a week-long ses­sion.

“This fish has seen the bank quite of­ten of late,” said Brian, who also had a 29lb 15oz mir­ror and a 20-pounder, “but it’s in great con­di­tion and gain­ing weight af­ter a good spawn.”

The other fifty to be caught at Wil­lows re­cently has been much more cau­tious – in­cred­i­bly go­ing un­caught for more than five years when it weighed 40lb 6oz!

Venue reg­u­lar Danny Jo­han­nessen net­ted the fish dur­ing an overnighter in peg 1 and im­me­di­ately re­alised it was one he didn’t recog­nise.

Danny, who fished a sin­gle Main­line Banofee pop-up on a Ron­nie rig, alerted fish­ery boss Tom Broom­head and handed him the cam­era.

Danny said: “We weighed the fish at 53lb 12oz and re­tained it in deep wa­ter near the out­flow while we waited an hour for sun­rise to get the shots by the lily bed. We were like kids on Christ­mas Eve, but still didn’t recog­nise it!”

Tom, who searched all the catch re­ports he had col­lected in three years of run­ning the lake, said: “I con­tacted the re­main­ing syn­di­cate mem­bers for guid­ance and learned that as far as I am aware the fish was last landed at 40lb 6oz on April 7, 2011, by Kevin Roger­son and was re­garded as the Orig­i­nal Scar Fish. We then suf­fered the floods in 2012 and it hadn’t been seen since.”

The cap­ture takes the num­ber of fifties in Wil­lows to six.

“Ab­so­lutely epic,” said Tom, “a truly heart­warm­ing mo­ment to weigh in and do the hon­ours with the cam­era.”

Three Scale caught again, this time by Brian Latham at 52lb 10oz.

Danny Jo­han­nessen’s 53lb 12oz fish.

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