BET­TER THAN THE RECORD

Sea Angler (UK) - - YOUR FISH­ING -

This 75lb tope (right), boated by Joey Brady, is big­ger than the ex­ist­ing Ir­ish record of 66lb 8oz. It was caught and re­leased by the an­gler from Dublin who fished off Kil­more Quay, Wex­ford, on Au­tumn Dream. The tope took a fresh mack­erel on size 8/0 Ga­makatsu Oc­to­pus cir­cle hook.

“It was the fish of a life­time and one I’ll never for­get,” said Joey. In Wales, a big­ger tope was caught by an an­gler fish­ing out of Holy­head, An­gle­sey. Gav Wil­liams (right, be­low), from Ban­gor, Gwynedd, caught the new per­sonal-best fish, cal­cu­lated to weigh 83lb, on a fresh mack­erel on a run­ning leger rig with a size 10/0 cir­cle hook. The fish was 66in long with a girth of 32.3in.

In Scot­land, Peter McCallum, of Glen­luce, Wig­town­shire, caught his first tope, weigh­ing 45lb, on a mack­erel flap­per while fish­ing from Steve Stringer’s char­ter boat Lucky Dip II, out of Port­patrick, Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

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