Record-breaker Neill lands Welly's first 60

Record-breaker Neill lands Welly's first 60

Neill Stephen broke both his personal best and the lake record when he landed a 60lb 8oz mirror from Wellington Country Park.

The 43-year-old all-rounder, who has British record chub and perch to his name, landed the huge fish known as Scruffy Bob during a two-night stint at the Berkshire venue. 

It is the first official 60 ever caught from the popular syndicate water, and fell to an overweighted homemade pop-up, presented on a size 4 curve-shank hook and a supple braided hooklink to a spot at 80yds.  

Scruffy Bob is Welly’s first 60

Scruffy Bob is Welly’s first 60

Neil, whose previous pb was 54lb 10oz, told Carpfeed: “With a water temperature of just 42 degrees Fahrenheit [5.5C] I was chancing it at best, so it was a surprise to receive a twitchy take at first light and find myself connected to a carp.

“As it came to the net I recognised it as a real character called Scruffy Bob, one of the lake’s bigger mirrors.

“When it took my scales well over 60lb I thought that they must be out, so we weighed it again on another set! I remember catching my first double-figure carp aged 11 and thinking that was a monster!! 

“Catching this fish was one of those very special moments you live for as an angler when everything comes together, the planets align and you’re hit with a motherlode of good luck.

“Welly is an awesome place to angle with an awesome syndicate!”