The rod that angling legend Chris Yates used to land his famous British-record carp is being sold at auction.
The rod, built by carping pioneer Richard Walker, helped Chris land the 51lb 8oz mirror known as the Bishop at Redmire Pool in 1980.
However, the breakdown of Chris’s marriage forced him to sell the precious length of cane in 1997.
On September 30 it is once again expected to change hands at Angling Auctions in Romsey, Hampshire – with a guide price of between £4,000 and £6,000.
Chris, who will join the new owner for a day’s fishing or cup of tea at his home, told Carpfeed: “I sold that rod at the time when I found myself a single father with four children, so it just had to go because I needed the money from the sale to help support my family.
“It’s easy to look back now and wish that I’d never have parted with it, but the money was vital back then and I’m sure anyone would have done the same if they were in my situation.”
Chris used the rod to beat Walker’s longstanding carp record and also caught his first barbel on it.
He added: “I get a touch emotional when I think about this rod and the memories attached to it.
“Another reason why I love that rod so much is the fact that it seemed really quite special that a piece of tackle that Dick created with his own hands beat the carp record he set with Clarissa.
“It’s very poetic and I love that.
“It’s a rod that has a real presence and personality about it and I really hope that the lucky winner of the auction will allow me some time with the rod when we meet up.”
Neil Freeman of Angling Auctions said: “This is a very exciting piece to come to auction and will no doubt be of huge interest to carp-fishing fanatics out there when it goes to auction.”
The winner of the auction will also receive a letter of provenance from Chris written on Golden Scale Club headed paper dated July 30, 1997.
To find out more about the auction contact Neil Freeman on: 07785 281349 or click here.