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.
“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.
“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.