Examiner Fish of the Month UK

Young Geordie strikes to net Mirror carp Aug 11 2005 – THE winner of the Examiner Fish of the Month £15 prize for July, is Geordie Turner, of Birchencliffe.

The eight-year-old youngster was taken by his grandfather for a session on the Broad Canal along Leeds Road, where he had usually managed to catch a few small roach.

Using a pole with number 6 elastic and a tiny size 22 hook on a 2½lb breaking strain hook length, and a single maggot as bait, he soon caught a couple of roach.

Suddenly, however, his float disappeared, and the elastic was stretched to the limit as a powerful fish tore up and down the canal. Remarkably, the struggle lasted for 15 minutes with Geordie’s grandfather fearful at times that he might finish in the water, before eventually a splendid mirror carp was safely in the landing net. It brought the scales around to exactly 11lb, and represents a fine achievement by the youngster who has been interested in fishing for three years.

* The nation’s biggest fishery owner is considering breaking away from its match fishing traditions by opening specimen carp waters.
In order to keep pace with the ever increasing number of anglers targeting big carp, British Waterways has revealed that it is considering plans that will see its commercial fisheries empire extended.

It is thought that the organisation is looking to move away from competition fishing, and develop specimen waters stocked with big carp, as opposed to waters heavily stocked with fish under 5lb.

Although no particular sites have been definitely earmarked as yet, British Waterways stated that it is in the early stages of seeking planning permission, in order to start moving ahead with the new venture.

Keith Fisher, Midlands Fishery Officer for the organisation, commented: “I’m certain that the popularity and sheer demand for the style of fishing will see British Waterways open one, if not a series of quality venues to accommodate anglers targeting big carp.

“In the past, our waters have been tailored towards match and pleasure anglers who want to land huge nets of small carp. But the popularity of specimen fishing is growing at such an alarming rate, that I believe it’s time for us to provide quality fishing for them at tailor-made venues,” Mr Fisher added.

* The potential of the River Thames was highlighted recently when nine members of Enfield Highways Working Men’s Club arranged a match along the Kingston reaches.

At the end of the five hours, the nine brought an incredible total of almost 1,000lb of bream to the scales! The winning weight was 139lb 10oz, while every angler in the top three took more than 125lb and of the nine competitors, five took more than 100lb with 50lb being the smallest weight recorded.

Organiser Craig Palmer commented it was an amazing match and one none of us will forget. Almost from the off, we were into fish and as the match progressed, it was clear we were enjoying the best river fishing in out lives.

Two years ago an in-depth survey was carried out by the Environment Agency over 45 miles of waterway, and the sport enjoyed by the Enfield WMC reinforces the findings.

By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

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