In­cred­i­ble skate haul taken by top spec­i­men an­gler - 16 over 100lb!

31 huge fish to a best of 211lb taken on 2ft-long squid baits

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES

THESE are the pic­tures of one of the great­est catches of spec­i­men skate ever landed in the UK.

Terry Theobald and fish­ing com­pan­ions Dave Pritchard and Stephen Scam­mell were left com­pletely ex­hausted af­ter do­ing bat­tle with 31 huge com­mon skake, with the big­gest two weigh­ing 211lb and 202lb, backed up by 14 other fish over the 100lb mark.

The trio, from South Wales, were fish­ing aboard Ron­nie Camp­bell’s Laura Dawn II boat, which op­er­ates out of Oban, Scot­land, and used squid hook-baits mea­sur­ing over two feet in length to make their as­ton­ish­ing catch.

Haul­ing the fish up from depths in ex­cess of 560 feet, it took Terry and Steve al­most two hours to land the big­gest of the skate, which bury them­selves in the de­bris on the sea bed to try to avoid a trip to the deck of a boat.

“It took me over half an hour of putting all of my strength and body weight through the rod just to start to move the fish off the bot­tom,” Terry ex­clu­sively told Angling Times.

“Af­ter al­most two hours I was ab­so­lutely bro­ken and I know we all felt the same, but we could not get enough of it. The adrenalin was flow­ing big-time!

“There were a few times when all three of us were hooked into fish well over the 100lb mark at the same time… it was in­cred­i­ble.

“Ron­nie is an ab­so­lute leg­end

and he told us that it is one of the best three-day catches that he can re­call.

All of the trio’s fish were taken on squid and mack­erel hook-baits that were at­tached to 200lb hook-links and 60lb mono main­line cou­pled with 200lb shock lead­ers.

To find out more about com­mon skate fish­ing with Ron­nie Camp­bell, call him on 07721 640024

Terry’s best gi­ant skate weighed 202lb.

Steve landed the trip’s big­gest at 211lb.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.