CHRIS YATES & THE CARP THAT DIDN’T COUNT - 1980

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

THERE are a se­lect few wa­ters that you’d fish today in search of a record carp, but back in the 1980s, this branch of the sport was still in its in­fancy. It was seen as very ‘se­cret squir­rel’, and of all the lakes to fish for a massive carp, the tiny Red­mire (Ber­nithan) Pool on the Welsh bor­der was THE one to get on.

Steeped in his­tory, hav­ing pro­duced Dick Walker’s record Clarissa in the 1950s, it was the turn of angling leg­end and writer Chris Yates to show what the pool was ca­pa­ble of. At the start of the decade he landed a 51lb 6oz mir­ror to beat the then UK best.

Un­for­tu­nately for Chris, his ap­pli­ca­tion for a new record was cut down by Bri­tish Record Fish Com­mit­tee red tape, as the carp was ‘not made avail­able for in­spec­tion’ by com­mit­tee mem­bers.

This would have meant tak­ing the fish away from the lake but Chris wasn’t pre­pared to do that and so the carp, which he named The Bishop, was weighed, wit­nessed, pho­tographed and re­turned.

In an age of hi-tech tackle, rigs and baits, Chris caught the mon­ster us­ing noth­ing more com­pli­cated than a grain or two of­corn on the hook, with a piece of Plas­ticine as a cast­ing weight. The fish showed an­glers that the 50lb carp bench­mark was now pos­si­ble to at­tain. Since then the record weight has gone up and up!

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