THE TURTLE SURFACES AT 56lb 12oz
Wellington giant is dedicated to captor’s late friend
SPUD Sims has banked Wellington Country Park’s most coveted resident – and dedicated the capture to a departed friend.
The 56lb 12oz mirror, the Turtle, slipped up on a Monday afternoon at the Berkshire big-fish water.
“Back in May, I lost my great friend Steven Mason to cancer, so catching the Turtle is for him,” said Spud.
Having arrived at the venue on Sunday, the 44-year-old found the lake busy and lacking any signs of fish activity.
After a quiet night in the Wides, a tip-off from a mate saw Spud pack up and head to the Arm.
The Solihull angler said: “At 5.45pm, I had a few bleeps and saw the line picking up. I was on it immediately and the fish was moving fast and kiting right towards danger and a snaggy tree in the near margin.
“I had to gain line fast, but soon the fish had reached the edge of the tree. With the tip buried and maximum pressure applied, I gained line and soon had it in front of me. Over the next few minutes it went on powerful runs but eventually, at the second attempt, I netted it.”
Venue bailiff Jamie Lord was summoned and identified the fish.
“I was blown away,” said Spud. “We weighed him at 56lb 12oz, did the pictures and he powered off back into his pond. It was the session of a lifetime.”
Spud SIms with the impressive 56lb 12oz Turtle.
Time for Spud to celebrate his catch.