Lit­tle and large spec­i­mens

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GLOBE-TROTTING Mick Stevens has been get­ting in on the ac­tion, at home and abroad, with a fine 2 lb 10 oz rudd and some huge white stur­geon.

Mick, from Daventy, Northamp­ton­shire said: “I have been hav­ing some va­ri­ety re­cently. I caught eight white stur­geon over two days whilst hol­i­day­ing in Canada with my wife Joanne, sand­wiched be­tween sev­eral vis­its to a Fen­land river, where I caught some de­cent rudd, in­clud­ing a sea­son best of 2 lb 10 oz.

“The stur­geon were all caught on 150 lb braid, 80 lb mono hook links, 24 oz run­ning leads, 6/0 hooks and salmon sec­tion hook baits.

“The best were 110, 94 and 86 in. long, but I didn’t get weight es­ti­mates. The long­est fight was just over two hours, in what was scorch­ing sun­shine of over 30 Cel­sius.

“To see th­ese mag­nif­i­cent fish rise out of the water when hooked was amaz­ing, and the fight there­after was ex­hil­a­rat­ing. It was one hell of an ex­pe­ri­ence. My wife also had a brace of stur­geon, the long­est 5 ft long.

“The rudd were all caught early in the morn­ing in 3 ft of water, on a self-cock­ing float, 6 lb Dou­ble Strength line and bread flake or crust on a size 10 hook."

GAVIN COPE set a new PB with this 15 lb bream from Top Lodge Fish­ery, at Chor­ley, in Lan­cashire. The 49-year-old taxi driver from Black­pool added a 17 lb mir­ror carp, us­ing a 12 mm al­mond­flavoured pop-up and a grain of plas­tic corn on a KD rig.

Close to home – Mick Stevens’ best rudd, of 2 lb 10 oz.

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