Brisk bid­ding for his­toric vin­tage tackle

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THE rod that Chris Yates used to land his iconic 51lb 8oz carp from Red­mire Pool has been sold for £8,280.

Hope­ful bid­ders bat­tled it out in the auc­tion room when the MkIV Avon rod, hand-built by Dick Walker and used by Chris to bank the un­of­fi­cially recog­nised Bri­tish record carp ‘The ‘Bishop’, went un­der the ham­mer.

It was ex­pected to fetch be­tween £4,000 and £6,000 when it went up for sale at An­gling Auc­tions in Rom­sey, Hamp­shire, but it sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions when two tele­phone bid­ders went head-to-head as they com­peted to be­come the proud owner of the his­toric piece of tackle that Chris re­luc­tantly sold in 1997.

Win­ning bid­der was Rodger Sar­gent from Sus­sex, who told An­gling Times that Chris is one of his an­gling he­roes. “There was no way that any­one else was get­ting their hands on that rod be­cause to own a piece of carp fish­ing his­tory like this rod is a dream come true to me,” said Rodger.

“I was at my best friend’s wed­ding when I was bid­ding for the rod and it was hard to ex­plain to peo­ple why I was spend­ing so much money on a fish­ing rod. “Dick Walker and Chris have been so in­flu­en­tial, and the record fish they have caught have re­ally shaped my fish­ing life, so to own a rod that was made by Dick and used by Chris is in­cred­i­ble.

“I re­ally don’t think I can bring my­self to use the rod for fear of an ac­ci­dent, so I’m go­ing to get a pre­sen­ta­tion case. I’ve just bought a house with a lake, so I will have it dis­played in an en­vi­ron­ment that be­fits such a beau­ti­ful and iconic piece of tackle.”

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