NewsThom AirsThe Wharf, Wales

Big urban mirror resurfaces at 45lb 8oz

NewsThom AirsThe Wharf, Wales
Big urban mirror resurfaces at 45lb 8oz

Andrew Riste ventured down to a famous urban venue at 10.30pm and hauled a new pb from the margins the following morning.

This 45lb 8oz mirror, known as Pawprint, came from Atlantic Wharf in the centre of Cardiff where it had evaded capture for some time.

The local angler, who was fishing a single night between work, nearly didn’t land it all after his net snapped, but friend Daniel Andrews was on hand to avert disaster.

Andrew told Carpfeed he was photographing an 18-pounder he had just landed when he got the bite.

He said: “While in the middle of doing a few self-takes of the fish, my middle rod absolutely melted off leaving me in a right pickle!

“As I tried to return the fish to the water so I could grab the other rod my net snapped. Step up Daniel Andrews to save the day by bringing over his net for me to use.

“I knew it was a big fish as it felt very heavy and stayed very deep throughout the fight, ploughing back and forth under my rod tip but still very deep and not showing itself.

“As soon as it surfaced, Daniel and I were absolutely shellshocked by the sheer size of it.

Pawprint at 45lb 8oz gave Andrew a new personal best

Pawprint at 45lb 8oz gave Andrew a new personal best

“It could only be one fish – Pawprint – a fish that hadn't been out for quite some time and one that a few of the lads had become quite worried about.”

Andrew fished a rod length from the bank over a scattering of chopped Nash Scopex Squid boilies.

He presented a matching wafter on 4ins blow-back rigs tied with size 4 Nash Fang X hooks and attached to 4oz inline leads.