be­hind the week’s best fish

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

A‘FIELD of dreams’ is how well-trav­elled an­gler Dave Parkes de­scribed The Av­enue af­ter land­ing two fifties and a 39-pounder in a sin­gle ses­sion.

The 67-year-old caught Sin­gle Scale at its heav­i­est-ever weight of 50lb 11oz, then added Cap­tain Scar­lett the next day at 50lb 14oz. Fi­nally, as he was pack­ing up to leave, he man­aged a 39lb mir­ror.

The Dud­ley an­gler, who has been a mem­ber of the Shrop­shire syn­di­cate for two sea­sons, told Carpfeed: “It’s a sea­son’s fish­ing in two days! I’ve caught seven fish in three ses­sions this year, more than I did the whole of last year.

“I’ve not done any­thing dif­fer­ent, I’ve stuck to my tried-

and-tested tac­tics, but some­times you’re in the right place at the right time and you get lucky.

“I’m for­tu­nate in that I re­tired 17 years ago and I’ve fished all over the world for carp and salmon and trout, but The Av­enue is a field of dreams. The fish are there, but catch­ing them is a dif­fer­ent mat­ter!”

Dave scat­tered Main­line Cell boilies over his spot and fished a Cell bot­tom bait hook­bait.

“The fish in there don’t get so big by not eat­ing, but I call them graz­ers,” said Dave.

“I like food but I’m not likely to want to eat af­ter a big meal – but if you of­fered me a lit­tle choco­late I’d prob­a­bly take it. I think that some­times ap­plies to the carp.”

Dave pre­sented his hook­bait on a 6ins combi rig made with fluoro­car­bon, Korda N-Trap and a Ga­makatsu G2 Hard hook. He tamed the fish on Korda Kon­tour main­line and Greys AirCurve rods. First to fall, the 50lb 11oz Sin­gle Scale.

“The Av­enue is a field of dreams. The fish are there, catch­ing them is a dif­fer­ent mat­ter!”

Dave Parkes with Cap­tain Scar­lett at a weight of 50lb 11oz.

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