He said “I was in shock when I saw it – not only was it fat, but also incredibly long. Before this one, my PB was 10lb 12oz, although I’ve had a few other ‘tens’. Something tells me this is a fish I’ll struggle to beat!”. David had the tench from a spot around 25-yards out, where he baited with pellets, dead maggots, chopped worm and hemp.
“I’ve fished the water for a few years, and as it’s so weedy, things can be quite tricky,” he explained. “When I had the run, I lifted into what was clearly a heavy fish. It made powerful, slow runs – classic of a big fish – before I brought it to the net in with some weed around its head. That was when I realised that I’d caught a really long fish – I use a 32” pan net, and its tail was sticking out the end! Once we had it on the mat and I got a glimpse of how broad and fat it was, I knew it was a truly big fish.” David tamed the history-maker on 12lb mainline, a 9lb hooklink, and a size 10 hook. He fished his worm kebab rig helicopter-style, using a bomb, rather than a feeder, and cast it out with a 1.5lb tc rod.
Well done David!