Luke Taylor smashed his pb and achieved a lifetime ambition with the capture of this Yorkshire 50-pounder.
The fish, known as Three Scale, weighed in at 50lb 8oz at Eric’s Willows Lake near Leeds. Its top weight of 59lb 8oz is the all-time county record.
A delighted Luke told Carpfeed it was just his fifth session on the venue and the first three had resulted in blanks.
He said: “Ever since seeing the photo of Chris Yates with the Bishop from Redmire one of my lifetime ambitions was to catch an English 50-pounder, and to have a Yorkshire 50 is just incredible!”
The Thirsk angler had caught three fish to 32lb – a new pb at the time – the previous weekend at the day-ticket water and returned last weekend with two mates for a social session.
Fishing from peg 14, Luke welcomed a break in the hot weather on Saturday and cast a naked chod rig with a yellow CC Moore Northern Special pop-up 15 wraps (60yds) out to where he had seen fish in the weedy swim.
“I didn’t have to wait long, as under an hour later the left rod was away and instantly I could tell it was a chunk with the slow, plodding fight,” said the 36-year-old.
“Five minutes or so went by and then we saw a huge set of shoulders surface and we looked at each other as we knew this was a very decent fish! She soon flanked on the surface and the net was safely under her colossal body. I was a very relieved man indeed!
“I wasn’t sure the exact size or fish but I knew it was a new pb but didn’t dare to dream that it was a named fish to boot!
“The Reuben Heatons spun round to 50lb 8oz and I was in absolute dreamland!”