Midlands day-ticket venue record goes 52lb 8oz

Midlands day-ticket venue record goes 52lb 8oz

A first-timer visitor to a Staffordshire day-ticket complex caught the venue’s biggest-ever fish.

This mighty mirror weighed in at 52lb 8oz from Quarry Pool on the Baden Hall site and obliterated Tony Beckinsale’s previous pb of under 30lb.

The pipe-lagger from Leigh in Lancashire caught the fish on Tuesday evening [25/9]. He told Carpfeed: “I was completely shocked. It’s taken a day to really sink in.”

The 53-year-old arrived at the venue on Sunday for a three-night session with three mates. He plotted up in peg three on the day-ticket specimen water.

 CLICK THE MAP for our guide to Quarry Pool at Baden Hall

CLICK THE MAP for our guide to Quarry Pool at Baden Hall

“We got down on Sunday because we thought it would be quieter, but it was full,” said Tony.

“One of my mates has fished it quite a bit and we went in pegs one, two, three and four. He jumped in what he thought would be the best swim and I just went into three.

“To be honest, I started off fishing 4oz inline leads with stringers, but when I reeled in my rigs were covered in weed. I switched to fishing pop-ups, but then one of my mates had a 32lb common on a PVA bag, so I decided to try that.

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“On Tuesday evening I was about to reel in and recast but my mate said to leave them until the morning. I went back to the hut [each swim has a wooden shelter on Quarry] and was watching my rods – I noticed the tip of one of them just bent round. As I got to it it screamed off.

“I’ll be honest, my pb was in the 20s so I didn’t really know what to expect, but my mate said it was a lump and it was just circling about.

“We got it weighed correctly and witnessed by other anglers and it went 52lb 8oz – I was just shocked.”

Tony used a Nash White Chocolate hookbait on a Fox readymade rig.