UK fishing tackle prices could be set to rise

17 Jun

NEWS of a huge price hike for a popular product has spotlighted a deepening struggle to maintain tackle prices and profits.

The UK fishing tackle trade is under pressure and some hollow pole elastic prices are rising.
The UK fishing tackle trade is under pressure and some hollow pole elastic prices are rising.

The UK fishing tackle trade is feeling the pinch amid economic uncertainty and exchange rate pressures.

Kent-based Nick Gilbert who runs NG Floats has announced that his suppliers have made a massive 60-70 per cent trade price hike in hollow elastic.

This, in turn, will lead to a price increase in the cost of his award-winning pole fishing product.

Nick explained: “This increase, adding to this the crash of the pound to dollar exchange rate means I will have to put the price up to reflect this as I can’t take the double hit!

“You need to remember you pay import duty and VAT on what you buy so you end up paying a lot more of that also.

“I buy from China, India, and USA, they all want paying in dollars so as soon as the EU vote (on Brexit in 2016) was announced the pound started to plummet against the dollar.

“I have just re stocked and what was costing me about £5,000 is now over £6,000.

“As I have such a big turnover in elastics it has hit me first but I expect others will have to follow soon, as everybody gets it from the same supplier so it will affect all that sell it.

“I will just be adding £1 to a length, so nothing too drastic,” Nick added.

Cost pressures rising across trade

Stephen McCaveny is marketing manager of UK fishing tackle and baits giants Daiwa, and is well placed to see the wider picture.

Stephen commented: “I can’t really comment on the price of one specific item as we are a global company that develops and manufactures a wide range of products covering all fishing styles.

“But the sector does currently face cost pressures partly caused by the decrease in the value of the pound following the uncertainty over Brexit, plus price increases from suppliers in the Far East generally.

“In China specifically they are also now having to pay workers higher wages and invest in environmental improvements.

“We alongside most of our competitors have tried to absorb these increases as far as possible to keep prices stable in what is overall a flat market.

“We are conscious of the need to increase our portfolio into growing areas like lure fishing, and less into other areas which seem to be in decline – there were would appear to be a downturn in match angling and also recently even in carp fishing.

“There are also opportunities for retailers who are expanding and investing in the right way to be competitive on prices which helps the customer and boosts sales,” added the Daiwa UK man.

“Brexit blamed for everything”, says UK fishing tackle guru

UK fishing tackle guru John Loftus is the new CEO and chairman of the Angling Trades Association, and he commented on how businesses are currently coping.

John said: “This is my opinion but firstly I do not think that Brexit is having a major effect on prices. However there is no doubt that it is the ‘go to’ reason for everything from the state of the weather to the increase in incidences of ingrown toenails!

“Certainly exchange rates have effect upon prices but in general these fluctuations are absorbed by the manufacturers and distributors and the effect upon the end consumer is minimal.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that fishing tackle and the sport in general is an absolute bargain when compared to the cost of other sports and the growth in prices has been very small year on year.

“The industry is still generally flat but matters which have a great effect upon it are weather, time availability and the large number of alternative sports and pastimes available to young people.

“The ATA will continue to highlight the benefits of the sport such as it being a healthy outdoor pursuit that is suitable for both genders of all ages,” added the former UK fishing tackle director of Daiwa, Shimano and Marukyu.

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Park lake death ends in murder sentence after more heartbreak for victim’s family

17 Jun

A VICIOUS assault on a fellow angler that fatally wounded him has resulted in the murderer getting a life sentence.

Nathan Muat was jailed for the murder of Peter Seeclear during a fishing trip.
Nathan Muat was jailed for the murder of Peter Seeclear during a Liverpool fishing trip.

The Liverpool fishing scene was rocked by the case, which first hit the news back in November after popular Peter Seeclear, 45, died.

Peter was on a fishing session Nathan Muat at Stadt Moers Park Lake in Whiston, Merseyside.

A Police investigation and court case finally resulted in Muat (pictured above) being told he must serve a minimum of 19 years in prison for the murder of Peter.

Muat, 45, had denied murder at Liverpool Crown Court and an alternative charge of manslaughter but was found guilty of the more serious charge.

Peter Seeclear, who was killed by his carer during a Liverpool fishing trip.

As Angler’s Mail revealed in November, popular Peter, 45, died during a five-day fishing session.

A post mortem was carried out two week later revealed severe traumatic chest injuries and Muat, of Upper Parliament Street, Toxteth, was charged.

Reaction of Liverpool fishing community

Venue regular Aaron Temple told Angler’s Mail: “It is great news Muat was found guilty.

“Peter didn’t deserve the treatment this man put him through and the truth came out like always in these cases.

“I’d like to thank the anglers that helped get this man sentenced as I know a few that helped by speaking the truth in court, because they seen things no one else did, helping the truth come out about this bully. Well done everyone.

“I was happy at he got the guilty verdict but it would have been better if he got 25 to 30 years as a man like that shouldn’t ever be let out on the streets as he was a really nasty man.

“I am glad the local anglers that follow me came together to help the family get justice by going to court and telling their side of things showing people he was a nasty dangerous man,” concluded Aaron.

Flowers were laid at the scene.

‘Jury saw though the lies’ say Police

Detective Chief Inspector Richie Jones said: “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mr Seeclear.

“The investigation and trial have clearly been a distressing time for them and they have been devastated by the loss of a much loved family member.

“Nathan Muat claims he was a close friend of Mr Seeclear and was registered as Mr Seeclear’s carer.

“At the time of his death Peter was on a fishing trip with Muat.

“It was during that trip that Peter was attacked by Muat, who initially tried to cover up the murder by claiming Mr Seeclear had suffered an epileptic fit.

“He later changed his version of events and claimed he had had a fight with Mr Seeclear and killed him in self-defence.

“Thankfully the jury saw through his lies and Muat will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars.

“I would like to thank my team of officers and colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service for their professionalism, hard work and commitment during this complex and difficult investigation.”

The park lake where Peter was fishing.

Tragic death of victim’s brother

There was more heartbreak for Peter’s family as it was revealed his grieving brother James took a fatal overdose in January after struggling to cope with his sibling’s death.

Sister Jacqui, 58, said: “James did his best to get justice. He fought so much to make Muat accountable. It broke his heart.

“He couldn’t bring himself to go to the funeral. It was all too much.”

James died after taking an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs but the family didn’t believe he intended to take his own life.

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Green Party and angling: what is the truth?

16 Jun

THE growing influence of the Green Party as reflected in their recent gains in the English local council and European Parliamentary elections has heightened concerns about their attitude to angling.

Angler's Mail fan Ron Brooke is amongst the UK anglers concerned about the Green Party's views on angling.
Angler's Mail fan Ron Brooke is amongst the UK anglers concerned about the Green Party's views on angling.

The Green Party increased their share of the European vote to 12.1 per cent, an increase of 4.2 per cent, and their number of seats to seven.

That made the Greens the fourth biggest UK party in Europe, ahead of the Conservatives in fifth.

At local level in England, in early May, the Green Party leapt from 71 councillors to 265.

The Green Party, leaders in the push for a better global environment, is vehemently opposed to bloodsports and is very keen to promote animal welfare.

Although angling isn’t specifically mentioned in this context, anglers fear fishing could be their hit list.

The Greens have attracted more and more anglers with their strident approach to environmental matters.

Life-long angler and Angler’s Mail reader Ron Brooke (main picture) said: “Politics and angling should be a contradiction in terms.

“But after watching the latest EU election news I felt we anglers should all be at least a little concerned at the resulting ‘green wave’.

“The Green Party made some gains in this country and major gains across the Continent, with young people in particular voting for change.

“On the face of it, we shouldn’t have to worry. Anglers are proud of being some of the greatest protectors of the aquatic environment. And most of us strive to be totally in harmony with nature and are always trying to up our image as environmentalists.

“Although I’m not saying all ‘Greens’ are anti-angling, the UK Green Party certainly is opposed to all bloodsports, and some put angling in that category.

“In normal times I would have laughed at the thought of a party like the Greens having any sort of effect on the political scene.

“But with all the ‘Brexit’ uncertainty and many voters totally fed-up, or very disappointed and prepared to take revenge on the Major Parties, I for one won’t be taking my eye off them and the danger they represent.

Martin Salter has tried to get answers from the Green Party.

Green Party contacted by Angling Trust

Martin Salter (pictured above), policy lead at the Angling Trust, commented: “The Angling Trust seeks assurances from all the main political parties at Westminster ahead of each general election and we’ve never had a response from the Green Party.

“Their policies do not specifically mention angling but some interpretations of their animal welfare policies could prove problematic if taken to extremes.

“We will continue to keep a close eye on any specific threats to angling as the parties develop their manifestos.”

At the time of this article being published, the Green Party had not responded to a request from Angler’s Mail for comment.

But we were able to clarify a few matters they have published themselves.

Green Party policies in black & white

The Green Party has several policies which could impact on recreational fishing. These are:

AR424 The Green Party is fundamentally opposed to all blood-sports. We oppose the killing of, or infliction of pain or suffering upon, animals in the name of sport or leisure, and will work to end all such practices.

AR410 The Green Party will work for an end to overfishing, practices harming the marine ecosystem and avoidable by-catches. We shall prohibit intensive fish farming and restrict the use of fishmeal for animal feed. We shall extend the Animal Welfare Act to cover all fishing activities.

It also has more specific angling proposals:

MC413 With regard to recreational fishing, the Green Party will seek to end the practice known as ‘live baiting’ (where live fish are used as bait for other fish) as soon as possible. Barbed hooks and double and triple hooks will also be banned, because of the damage and distress caused to fish by their use.

MC414 The Green Party notes the (often fatal) injury caused to other wildlife by discarding lead shot/weights and will make the use of any lead in angling illegal.

MC415 Discarded fishing tackle presents a risk to marine wildlife and is costly to clean it up. We will encourage anglers to use best practice with regard to the disposal of tackles, and will introduce fines for those breaching best standards. An accreditation scheme for angling clubs will be introduced to bring all clubs up to best practice.

MC416 A National Code of Conduct for anglers will be drawn up after discussion with interested parties (including angling clubs and associations, environmentalists and the Environmental Agency) that can be displayed on angling licenses and also prominently displayed in other appropriate places, including accredited angling clubs.

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Richworth bait prizes galore to be won with Fish of the Week in Angler’s Mail

16 Jun

THERE are brilliant prizes for this new season in Angler's Mail print magazine and its famous Fish of the Week contest... every week!

Fish of the Week now mean big prize boxes from Richworth.
Fish of the Week now mean big prize boxes from Richworth.

Each week our magazine team selects a main Richworth winner who will receive a brilliant £100 box of quality bait.

These awesome Fish of the Week catches appear first in Angler’s Mail print magazine – the most interesting weekly read for anglers.

Everyone on our Fish of the Week pages in the magazine also receives an exclusive  Fish Of The Week t-shirt.

The overall yearly winner will receive a huge £1,000 haul of Richworth bait plus a big annual trophy.

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Float fishing tactics with a basic quill brings the A-Team carp

14 Jun

DANNY TAYLOR celebrated the impending birth of his son by grabbing a few hours fishing and took this stunning 42 lb 6 oz common on simple float tactics.

Danny Taylor's latest 42 lb common carp caught on simple float fishing tactics.
Danny Taylor's latest 42 lb common carp caught on simple float fishing tactics.

The 39-year-old from Hampshire keeps things very simple. He doesn’t even use a shop-bought float with his float fishing tactics.

And it really works well … his last two carp caught last year on the same tactics were a 45 lb 4 oz mirror and 39 lb common.

Danny, who has caught perch to 4 lb 3 oz, explained: “I keep things simple and just use float fished corn, a barbel rod and centrepin reel.

“The float is actually a feather pushed into a tail rubber to make it even more inconspicuous.

“It’s perfect for stalking big wary carp.

“I target them in the edge whilst others use a boilie approach and are less selective on what they catch.

“My last three carp are all known fish from the lake’s ‘A-Team’.

Danny’s simple float fishing tactics involve a quill, with a tail rubber fixing it to the line.

“I use a 12ft 1.5 lb test curve Wychwood barbel rod with 12 lb line.

“And the bait was three bits of corn directly on a size 8 hook and a single BB shot 6 inches away.

“I baited various edge spots with a few grains of corn, and a sloppy mix of Bait-Tech Halibut Marine groundbait and once the fish moved in.

“It was then just a matter of selecting the biggest one of the group.

“I was literally pulling the bait out of the mouths of other 30 lb-plus carp because I wanted to only catch the big common.

“If I was boilie/bolt rig fishing, I have no doubt one of the smaller ones would have picked up the bait so that’s the reason I opted to use the approach that I did.

“My partner Michelle went in to labour the following day and then gave birth to our son Quinn Anthony Taylor at exactly 7 lb.

“It was a great couple of days all round,” concluded Danny.

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Massive tench scaling 12 lb 8 oz makes the neighbour green with envy…

14 Jun

LAWRENCE CHEESE more than doubled his tench PB when he took this 12 lb 8 oz giant during a carp session on a local lake.

Norwich, Norfolk-based Lawrence, 27, explained: “I arrived to find some carp around a snag, so baited up with some chopped DNA Baits S7 boilies and put a yellow topped snowman tight to the trees.

“Within 20 minutes I had a take and all the way to the net I thought it was a carp.

“Once netted I realised it was a tench but one that I had never seen the size of.

“I asked the tench fisherman in the swim next to me to take a few pictures.

“I usually wouldn’t bother with a tench but it was such a size I couldn’t not ask.

“Safe to say he was rather envious and said it was the equivalent of him catching a 50 lb carp.

“I proceeded to blank on the carp front.

“I think it is 1 oz off the lake’s tench record,” added Lawrence.

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All 54 British freshwater fish caught on film – watch it here

10 Jun

ACE underwater filmmaker and angler Jack Perks has just released a brilliant video of all 54 UK freshwater species.

Intrepid cameraman and angler Jack Perks has now filmed all 54 British freshwater fish.
Intrepid cameraman and angler Jack Perks has now filmed all 54 British freshwater fish.

From pumpkinseed to perch and loach to lamprey, Jack has captured them all freshwater fish brilliantly.

Nottingham-based Jack said: “After seven years and thousands of miles I’ve finally done it and filmed every species of freshwater fish in Britain.”

Jack travelled across England, Scotland and Wales to film these species using various specialist techniques.

During his travels he has also featured on various TV shows, including BBC’s primetime The One Show.

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Venue record 61 lb 4 oz carp after epic 45-minute battle

10 Jun

ANDY MATTHEWS had a great retirement present in the shape of a new venue record mirror carp of 61 lb 4 oz.

Andy Matthews cradles his 61 lb Wingham specimen.
Andy Matthews cradles his 61 lb Wingham specimen.

Wingham Carp Lake in Kent, the impressive venue which produced an abnormally bloated 83 lb carp a year and half ago, was where Andy scored.

He legered boilies at long range at the 15-acre former gravel pit, in a beautiful nature reserve.

There is a limit of 30 syndicate members, with a waiting list to join, just as there is for the 40-acre Main Lake.

Andy, who has just demobbed from British Transport Police, is no stranger to Wingham Fisheries’ giants.

He landed a 55 lb 8 oz common and 52 lb mirror brace during a session three years ago.

Faversham-based Andy told Angler’s Mail about his latest catch, which ups the bar for healthy fish caught at Wingham.

“Black Spot is the fish I’ve wanted to catch,” said Andy.

“When I arrived for a 48-hour trip I was just happy to be back at the lake fishing and relaxing, listening to all the birds singing and seeing more cuckoos than I have in years.

“I was getting ready to take a few sunset photos and had just made myself a cup of tea when at 7.15pm I had two bleeps on my right-hand rod.

“I looked up, thinking it was probably a bird that had knocked my line, only to see the line cutting through the water as my rod tip started to bend round, followed by the clutch starting to scream as line was taken.

“I turned her by the far side of the plateau, and was then treated to one of the best fights I’ve ever had.

“The battle lasted almost 45 minutes and my arms were aching.

“When I lifted her onto the scales I couldn’t believe it – I think I was in shock.”

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Tenchfishers man fears flies nightmare after huge catch at fish-in

10 Jun

CLIFF TAYLOR was chuffed with a giant personal best tench of 11 lb 8 oz – but he is dreading the results of a huge maggot escape.

Tenchfishers member Cliff shows his 11 lb 8 oz tench, the highlight of a fish-in.
Tenchfishers member Cliff shows his 11 lb 8 oz tench, the highlight of a fish-in.

Tenchfishers member Cliff made the long journey from Crewe in Cheshire to a fish-in for group members at Norfolk’s Bawburgh Fisheries.

When he got there he suffered that nightmare most anglers have experienced – a maggot spillage.

The scale of the problem for Cliff was a big one though… as  three pints of maggots had escaped in his car!

He didn’t let him bother him as he took a dozen prime tench including others of 9 lb 8 oz and 9 lb plus six eight-pounders.

Now he’s awaiting the dreaded ‘buzz’ in his car.

The 60-year-old IT manager said: “Things got off to a bad start as when I opened the rear door to get my gear out of the car I was greeted by maggots everywhere.

“My bivvy had slipped onto a maggot box and had pooped the lid, releasing three pints of maggots.

“I only managed to rescue half a pint of these and the rest have hid themselves in various crevices in the car.

Tenchfishers man nets first double right on cue

Cliff continued: “Although I was drawn 15th out of 16 I was delighted to find that my favoured peg had not been taken so I jumped on it.

“I started the session by spodding a mix containing two pints of crushed caster, a kilo of finely chopped worm, half a kilo of worm soil and a bag of Dynamite Frenzied Hemp with Worm Meal.

“On top of this went two pints of hemp. I topped up the swim twice more over the session with a similar amount of feed.

“The big fish came as I started to pack away my gear in preparation for the long journey home.

“I was simply ecstatic. Having fished for tench for over 40 years I at last had a double.

“Tenchfishers from all over the complex came to congratulate me, making the moment even more special.

“All were caught using worm kebabs with a size 12 micro barbed hook, a 4 inch 10 lb Korum mono trace, a 50 g feeder and 10 lb Terry Eustace Pro Gold main line.”

Clean up could not prevent swarm of flies

Cliff added: “The maggots have now turned to casters but have yet to hatch.

“I took the car to the local garage over the weekend to hover up any casters I could find – the wife refused to let me use her hoover, which wasn’t surprising.

“I would estimate that I hoovered up another half pint which leaves two pints, and approximately 7,000 casters unaccounted for.

“The next couple of weeks will see the flies hatch which will mean I will be greeted by swarms of flies morning and night when I open the car door,” concluded Cliff.

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Big bream, big tench and big carp – after three years of struggling

10 Jun

COUNTLESS fruitless hours spent on the bank finally paid dividends when a specimen hunter landed personal bests for three different species in one five-day session.

Serious big bream starred in Lee Snow's super session.

Lee Snow had fished the secret lake for 150 nights in three and a half seasons, and only caught 12 fish, before his perseverance finally paid off with stunning big bream.

His reward came with two stunning slabs of 17 lb and 16 lb 8 oz –  and bream was the species he was targeting. He also landed a tench of 9 lb 9 oz and a carp of 36 lb 5 oz.

The Leicester-based joiner told Angler’s Mail: “It is a low stocked syndicate water of 100 acres but the fish do run big if you can locate them.

“In all that time I had fished I had only previously had ten carp and two tench, and there are thought to be maybe less than a dozen bream in the water.

“I had taken a ribbing from a few people about the number of times I had blanked but I had an inkling that one day it would come good, and I should stick at it.

“I had the tench on the first day, the bream two days later and the carp on the last.

“Amazingly, given I had never caught one there before, the big bream came from a double take within five minutes of each other and I couldn’t have been more surprised or delighted.

“The carp was a fish I had caught three times before but it has grown bigger each time.

“It is a hard water and not many people have fished for the big bream in the past until a 21-pounder was caught last season, but even with more anglers going after them I believe mine were the first two out this year.

“It was a very special trip, one of the best of my life, up there with the 40-bream haul, including 33 doubles, I had elsewhere four years ago,” added the 42-year-old.

Lee used a bait boat to fish a helicopter rig at 180 yards to a 15 ft silt gulley.

He offered one grain of sweetcorn tipped by an artificial red maggot and fed a gallon of red maggots, sweetcorn, hemp and pellets.

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Carl and Alex video channel star catches giant PB perch… but pal lands 7 lb monster!

10 Jun

POPULAR video-maker Alex Smith was thrilled to catch a PB perch of 5 lb 4 oz – but pal Luc Coppens eclipsed that stunner with this 7 lb leviathan (pictured below).

This 7 lb perch by lure ace Luc Coppens was captured on video for the Carl & Alex Fishing channel.

The 20-year-old younger brother of  ‘Carl and Alex Fishing’ channel fame, couldn’t believe how many big perch he and Luc caught over three days in Holland.

They teamed up with top local guide Jeroen Eijssens, and some highs from their sessions were captured on video. The quality footage has netted a massive global audience on YouTube.

Mid Sussex-based Alex said: “I’d had a long-standing perch PB of about 3 lb and this was a chance to break it.

“When I thought the day couldn’t get better I caught another PB. I will never forget this fishing trip.

“It is tough fishing, we were casting out repeatedly, hundreds of casts, and then occasionally you get a bite.

“It was possibly my best day’s fishing I’ve ever had the day I had my 5 lb 4 oz fish.

Alex Smith displays his 5 lb 4 oz perch.

Stunning PB stripy – Alex Smith displays his 5 lb 4 oz perch.

“I also caught some really nice pike and zander too.

“I’m left speechless by the amount of big perch we caught over the trip,” concluded Alex, who recently left his job at Nash Tackle, along with his older brother Carl, to focus on their Carl and Alex Fishing channel projects.

Gent, Belgium-based Luc, 53, said: “It was an amazing trip with so many big perch including fish of 5 lb, 6 lb, and 7 lb.”

Luc’s 7 lb perch would easily smash the British record perch of 6 lb 3 oz plus the International Game Fishing Association’s All-Tackle record of 6 lb 6 oz.

But bigger perch have been caught…

The Dutch record perch is 8 lb 4 oz to Stephan Gockel from the Meuse River in 2010.

There are two recorded perch of 8 lb 13 oz, from Germany and Romania.

Watch action from Alex’s trip here…

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Monster 6 lb perch!

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Fishing tackle theft scaling £13,000 won’t stop dad ‘n’ lad doing what they love

7 Jun

A CARING dad is still taking his young son fishing despite callous thieves stealing as much as £13,000 worth of top kit.

Despite the fishing tackle theft, young Archie was back fishing and he landed this lumpy carp.
Despite the fishing tackle theft, young Archie was back fishing and he landed this lumpy carp.

The fishing tackle theft won’t beat Jonathan Archer. He’s now taking his six-year-old, Archie, out fishing again… and they’re using an old whip that the scumbag robbers didn’t take.

And Archie has been catching plenty of fish with the 1990s Silstar 5 metre whip. He even used the old fashioned pole to tame a hard-fighting double-figure carp.

Jonathan explained: “I had the majority of my fishing tackle pinched a couple of months ago, tackle I’d been collecting for over 25 years.

“A piece of kit they didn’t take was my Silstar 5m whip, which was the first pole I ever owned and I used to fish with when I was about 12 years old.

“We took that out to fish, and I’d re-elasticated it with black size 12 elastic.”

Jonathan with a barbel caught before the devastating fishing tackle theft.

Jonathan with a barbel from before the devastating fishing tackle theft.

Jonathan continued: “We went to local Woodrow’s Pond in Derby, he’s been a quite a few times now and is really enjoying it.

“After a few good rudd, up to about 1 lb Taylor hooked this common using a double red maggot on a size 22 hook and 2 lb bottom.

“He struck well and immediately said ‘this is a big one daddy!’

“A good quarter of an hour later, and with a bit of assistance from his dad, Archie landed his first proper carp.

“To say he was excited was an understatement as you’ll see from his smile.

“He’s proud as punch and has taken his picture in to school and Beavers and has shown all his friends what he’s caught.

“I never had anything as big on the pole back in the day. I had loads of crucian carp and tench. I’d guess the biggest fish I had was a 4lb tench, which was massive when I was 12.

Fishing tackle theft scales £12-13,000

“The thieves took about £12-13k worth of kit – I was gutted,” revealed Jonathan.

“It was pretty much everything I had, so coarse fishing gear, river, carp, barbel, pike and lure stuff.

“There was barrows, bivvies, bait-boat, luggage – you name it – absolutely loads.

“Thankfully, I recovered a chunk of the money from my insurance recently so will be starting to re-stock.

“But some of the items I’ve had for a long time and are irreplaceable, like my Shimano Antares carp rods.

“I’d much rather they’d have nicked my car,” concluded Jonathan.

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World record common carp for Englishman

7 Jun

CHECK out this for a common carp... all 101 lb 6 oz of it, and caught by an English angler.

The Big Girl, at 101 lb 6 oz, became the World record common carp.
The Big Girl, at 101 lb 6 oz, became the World record common carp.

The immense fish is the new World record common carp and it fell to Terry Harbert at Lake Serene in France.

In landing the beast, known as The Big Girl, at 101 lb 6 oz , Terry become only the fifth Englishman to catch a carp over 100 lb.

Located in the heart of the Champagne region, Lake Serene is a 16 acre gravel pit and also holds mirrors to over 65 lb and grass carp to 37 lb.

Owner John Ashford is originally from Folkestone in Kent, and he told the story of the lake and the capture of the World record common carp.

John told Angler’s Mail: “The Big Girl has been growing fast and came out at 94 lb 4 oz this time last year.

“I thought she might have reached the upper 90s by now and I was both surprised and delighted to see her come out at over 100.

“I was particularly chuffed that it was caught by one of our many regulars.

“Terry isn’t keen on any personal publicity but I know he caught the fish using a CC Moore wafter, beating his previous best here by 35 lb.

“After a decade of running fishing trips to France, I acquired the fishless water 17 years ago, initially leasing it from the gravel company and then buying it.

“We stocked it with 2.6 tons of fish which were all small as we couldn’t afford bigger ones, so all fish have either grown on from there or have been born in the lake.

“The fishery is now booked for the year ahead and we rely exclusively on return visits from regular customers and never publicise ourselves,” John added.

World record common carp reaction

The catch impressed big carp specialist Warren Harrison who has caught fish to a massive 101 lb 8 oz from Hungary’s Euro-Aqua.

Warren commented: “This is an awesome fish and I’m 100 per cent certain that it’s the biggest living common in Europe, as several previous French fish that size have now died.

“Commons in Euro-Aqua go to about 90 lb and only their mirrors could beat this fish in weight.

“I think this is certainly the biggest carp in France and the rest of Europe bar Hungary.

“It a tremendous fish and well done to the captor,” Manchester-based Warren concluded.

The biggest previous common was a 100 lb 8 oz specimen caught in 2013 by Croydon’s Colin Smith .

Colin caught it from Etang La Saussie, a neighbour of Lake Serene, but that fish has since died.

The biggest carp by an Englishman is a 104 lb 2 oz mirror caught by Stephen Weir from Euro-Aqua. Luke Vanes has also broken the ton their with a 102 lb giant.

The World record for a carp stands at 112 lb 14 oz. That mega mirror was landed last autumn by Dutchman Michel Schoenmakers at Euro-Aqua.

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