30 YEARS AGO TO­DAY Sweat­ing on the pike record

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

Som­er­set an­gler Carl Gar­ratt was en­dur­ing an anx­ious wait while his scales, used to weigh a po­ten­tial record breaker, were be­ing checked and ver­i­fied. The 29-yearold fur­ni­ture pol­isher from Ever­creech caught the huge spec­i­men, which weighed 44 lb 8 oz, from fa­mous Welsh won­der wa­ter Llan­degfedd, where he float-drifted his bait along­side a bar.

“It fought hard and deep for 20 min­utes. I was stunned. I knew it was very big when I hooked it, but thought maybe it was foul-hooked. There were some anx­ious mo­ments when I could feel it knock­ing across the bot­tom and, at times, my rod was bent to the butt,” Carl told the Mail.

Carl fi­nally net­ted his prize us­ing a Conoflex rod, 15 lb line and a her­ring dead­bait on a size 6 semi-bar­b­less hook, pre­sented 5 ft off bot­tom in 30 ft of wa­ter.

Record sole shocker

Talk­ing of record break­ers, on page 7 of this week’s Mail, Alan Helps, of Bab­ba­combe SAA, was beam­ing from ear to ear as he held aloft a new Bri­tish record sole of 4 lb 2 oz 8 dr. The su­per sole had been caught from a mark in Tor­bay, beat­ing the then cur­rent boat­caught record set off the Isle of Wight by 6 oz 4 dr. Alan’s spec­i­men was iden­ti­fied at Ply­mouth’s Marine Bi­o­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Lab by Dr Roger Swim­fen.

Teenager’s mighty mir­rors

Fresh-faced Ju­nior Mail man Richard Howard re­ported on a story of keen carp an­gler Barry Har­row­ing, 14, who fished for five days with­out a bite, but then had a fine brace of mir­ror carp in a fran­tic early morn­ing feed­ing spell. The Mid­dle­sex teenager smashed his carp PB twice in five min­utes, with mir­rors of 30 lb 2 oz and 25 lb 6 oz.

Both came from a hole in the weed, baited with tiger nuts and topped up each day in the hope that fish would move in and mop them up, and his crit­i­cally bal­anced tiger nut hook bait on a bolt rig to 11 lb line and size 6 hook.

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