Two canal 20s topped by 28-pounder

Two canal 20s topped by 28-pounder

Mickey Broome waited seven years to catch his second canal 20, and then caught two in four days.

Fishing from his boat, Arkwright, on the Shropshire Union Canal, Mickey bagged two mirrors over 20lb - the biggest went 28lb exactly.

He said: "I have been canal carping for years and the one and only 20lb-plus fish I had was way back in 2011, so to get two in four days has made my year."

The first fish came on Saturday from a spot Mickey had caught a single carp from last year.

He said: "I got there at tea time and put a Manilla wafter on a Ronnie rig down the side of my boat with a few handfuls of hemp and a few bits of corn and a couple of Manilla 12ml boilies.

"The alarm went at dead on 12.30am as I was watching an Idiot Abroad dvd! 

"I ran out and grabbed the rod and at first thought I was attached to a chub so wasn’t taking my time with it until I saw it for the first time. Then my legs started to wobble and I started to take my time with it.

"It then came in pretty easily considering it was 28lb bang on!"

 28lb of Shropshire Union Canal carp for Mickey

28lb of Shropshire Union Canal carp for Mickey

Mickey added: "I worked away Monday and Tuesday in Wales fitting windows and all I could think about was getting back up to the spot in my boat again.

"I got back late on the Tuesday and me and my girlfriend found ourselves driving in the dark up the canal to the spot again. It was a lovely night so we didn’t mind and we arrived at the spot at 11pm and got the rods out.

"Nothing happened in the night until the next morning at 8.30am when I had started the engine on the boat to go back home.

"My girlfriend Kate Freeman was at the front screaming, 'your rods going!' 

"I ran down and after a dogged fight I slipped the net under my second 20 in four days and only my third 20 ever. The first fish was a personal best too so I’m on cloud nine at the moment."

 Mickey's second 20 in four days came as he was starting his boat engine

Mickey's second 20 in four days came as he was starting his boat engine