Catch of the week The tac­tics be­hind the week’s best fish, and ex­pert ad­vice

Amaz­ing week as Scott makes it two ‘90s’ from Europe

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

SCOTT Phillips has joined an ex­clu­sive club of an­glers to have landed 90lb carp from two coun­tries af­ter a phe­nom­e­nal ses­sion at Euro Aqua in Hun­gary.

The Mid­lands an­gler trav­elled to the record-break­ing wa­ter and banked a dou­ble, a twenty, a thirty, a forty, a fifty, a sixty, a seventy, an eighty and a 92lb 2oz mir­ror in a sin­gle week.

Scott, who banked the Scar Fish at Les Graviers in France at 99lb two years ago, also snared a cat­fish es­ti­mated at over 130lb.

“A dream ses­sion or what?!” he said. “Hope­fully one day I will be lucky enough to com­plete the full set and land a 100lb carp.”

Scott’s sec­ond-big­gest fish of the ses­sion was an 84lb 4oz mir­ror on the fi­nal night, while his third­biggest re­sulted from his first bite of the week and weighed 74lb 4oz.

The 92-pounder came as part of an in­cred­i­ble dou­ble take that also pro­duced a com­par­a­tively small fish of 50lb 8oz.

“I got into my bed around 10pm and was nearly asleep when all of a sud­den the left-hand rod burst

into life,” re­called Scott.

“I was on it straight away and knew that I had an­other big fish on. Tak­ing my time and play­ing it quite softly, I had gained about 20 yards on it when my right-hand rod started to scream off.

“Now, with a rod in each hand, I was shout­ing to my mate Chris, but he was fast asleep.

“The sec­ond fish didn’t feel as big as the other one I was play­ing, so I put it back on the rest with the drag just loose enough to stop it pulling the rod in, and con­cen­trated on the other fish.

“The fight lasted around 20 min­utes in to­tal and as soon as I saw it com­ing to­wards the net I knew it was a big fish but didn’t have time to look at it prop­erly be­cause I had the other rod to sort out.

Scott added: “It wasn’t un­til we lifted it out of the wa­ter and on to the mat that I re­alised just how big it was!”


Sec­ond-best fish was Scott’s 84lb 4oz mir­ror.

Scott’s best fish went 92lb 2oz – phe­nom­e­nal!

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