200 fifties for Brig­gsy


Steve Briggs made the long drive out to Parco Del Brenta in Italy for a week’s fish­ing in the hope of see­ing some of the many good carp that the lake holds and it’s fair to say that the trip ex­ceeded his ex­pec­ta­tions! The 16 an­glers had a draw at the start of the week – with Brig­gsy com­ing out last, which left him with swim 22, a swim that he ac­tu­ally quite fan­cied any­way. It turned out that the swim had re­mained empty the pre­vi­ous week and the fish had un­doubt­edly taken up res­i­dence where there were no lines. His ac­tion started lit­er­ally within min­utes of get­ting the rods out, and it wasn’t long be­fore he started to get amongst the big­ger fish. The first big one was a 57lb com­mon, which was fol­lowed by an­other of 55lb 8oz – and the im­por­tance of that fish was that it was Brig­gsy’s 200th carp over 50lb. He is thought to be the first UK an­gler to reach that num­ber. The ac­tion car­ried on con­sis­tently through the week and he ended up with over 50 carp, six of them over 55lb, with sev­eral more be­tween 40lb and 51lb. All of the ac­tion came on Nash 15mm Scopex Squid wafters, fished over 12mm and 15mm Scopex Squid free­bies along with Key Cray pel­lets. Th­ese were fished on KD Claw rigs with 25lb Skin­link hook links.

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