Former match venue sees first 30 after massive growth spurt

Former match venue sees first 30 after massive growth spurt

A resurgent day-ticket venue has produced its first 30-pounder.

East Delph Lakes in Cambridgeshire was a match water with an ageing stock when former teacher James Mackay took control in 2014.

New fish have been introduced to both the Front and Back lakes at the Whittlesey venue, but it is one of the old original mirrors that has broken the 30lb barrier after a growth spurt from its match-fishing days.

Danny Fontana caught the 30lb 4oz fish from the south bank of the Back Lake.

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The pretty mirror went 30lb 4oz

The pretty mirror went 30lb 4oz

Owner James said: “I’ve received nearly 400 messages of congratulations from anglers across the UK. The fish has caused a bit of a buzz, being a homegrown carp with loads of history. Stocking weight would have been 1lb-2lbin the 1990s.

“It reached the mid-double mark in 2012 and then had a well-documented growth spurt post-2014.”

The fish was a double until three years ago

The fish was a double until three years ago