SO MANY MORE HAPPY RE­TURNS

The days of record fish end­ing up stuffed in glass cases are over – and I’ll drink to that!

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THE adop­tion of al­most to­tal catch-and-re­lease has been cru­cial.

Just imag­ine the im­pact if ev­ery fish caught was taken ei­ther as a tro­phy, for the pot, to put on the gar­den as fer­tiliser, or just be­cause you could!

Quite of­ten in his col­umn the man many re­gard as an angling saint, Dick Walker, would fea­ture recipes. I remember the perch one par­tic­u­larly, and he spoke about eat­ing a chub as like “...chew­ing cotton wool stuffed with nee­dles”.

Think about carp records and you’ll prob­a­bly not re­alise that the first record re­cap­ture was ‘Mary’ from Wrays­bury, first caught at a weight bigger than the then record – Chris Yates’ 1980 fish from Red­mire – in 1996 by Terry Hearn.

All the old record fish are in glass cases some­where or other.

Now we all know where the cur­rent record fish live!

Here’s one ‘old’ record that was re­turned – Chris Yates and The Bishop at 51lb 8oz.

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