Grenville Lake has produced its first 60-pounder, and the captor reckons it won’t be long before the venue takes the British record.
Lee Tompkins took 45 minutes to subdue this 61lb 13oz mirror from the Cambridgeshire lake and told Carpfeed: “Grenville will do a British record, perhaps in the not-too-distant future.”
The 48-year-old from Ipswich banked the giant mirror as part of an epic trip which saw him land three 30s, two 40s and the 60 within 10 hours of first casting out.
Carpenter Lee said: “There’s almost definitely a couple of fish bigger than that which haven’t been out at the right time of year. These Grenville fish are coming out once a year, or even once every two, three, four years, so you just don’t know how big they’ll be.
“Off the top of my head there are over 20 45-pounders that haven’t been out at all this season.”
This fish is the same one caught by Paul Bennett at 59lb 1oz last spring and banked in 2015 at 50lb and ounces.
Lee used 6kg of boilies over two spots and began hauling almost instantly, racking up two fish of 31lb 12oz, a 39lb 4oz, a 40lb 4oz, a 46lb 4oz and the big mirror.
“At one stage I had five fish sacked up,” said Lee, who said the 61-pounder took 70 to 100yds of line on its first run.
“These fish fight tremendously well, they really don’t know when they’re beaten. I could tell straight away this was a big fish, but when I netted it all I thought was ‘that’s bigger than the 46’.
“My scales only weigh up to 56lb and I never even thought I’d need to use other ones, but it went straight round to 56lb and bottomed out hard.
“I’ve been fishing a long time but I still didn’t expect to ever catch a fish that big.”
Lee used Bait-Tech Triple N boilies and matching washed-out pink pop-ups. He used a version of the hinged stiff rig with Fox Edges hooks and Korda 25lb Mouth Trap.
Reflecting on the potential of the venue, he added: “I feel lucky to be a member. I think all of us on there agree that there is nowhere quite like this lake – it’s a one off.”