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500lb of Linear tench topped by a nine-pounder

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Angling Times,
24 May 2016 06:00

One of the biggest tench hauls of all time has been taken from Oxfordshire’s Linear Fisheries. Tipping the scales at a whopping 500lb, the mammoth bag was the work of specimen angler Mark Daffern, who netted no fewer than 58 fish during a three-day session on Linear’s Unity, one of the syndicate lakes on the popular complex.The Nuneaton rod’s amazing ...

The five-year double-figure tench

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Angling Times, 23 May 2016 06:00

A five-year quest to catch a double-figure tench ended in success for Andy Waters when he banked this 10lb 5oz specimen.He’s been targeting the same syndicate water in Norfolk for many seasons, but despite catching countless big tench the elusive ‘double’ had eluded  him until the Suffolk specialist’s latest session.It wasn’t plain sailing from the off for Andy, who moved ...

40lb Yateley common falls after four seasons of trying

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Angling Times, 23 May 2016 06:00

If you’re struggling for a bite at the moment, take comfort from the determination of David Tudor, who caught this 40lb Yateley common after an incredible three-and-a-half-year blank.The 43lb 10oz fish, known as Snub Nose, ended an epic drought for the 29-year-old at the famous complex’s rock-hard North Lake.Having moved on to the lake in September 2012, David endured a ...

Personal-best common carp on his first visit

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Angling Times, 21 May 2016 06:00

Matthew Lockett’s debut visit to his new target water resulted in a three-fish catch topped by this immaculate 40lb 12oz common.Despite high air pressure and strong northerly winds, he picked up commons of 12lb 10oz and 20lb 2oz before connecting with the new personal best on day two.Matthew targeted the southern venue with CC Moore Live System boilies, and caught ...

Scottish roach worth the trip

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Angling Times, 21 May 2016 06:00

A round trip of 900 miles ended with Daniel Woolcott slipping the net under a pair of roach topped by this pristine 2lb 11oz fish.The specimen hunter from Kent travelled up to Lochnaw Castle Loch Fishery in Scotland and braved tough conditions over five days to back his personal best-equalling fish with another roach of 2lb 9oz.Both fish were taken on ...

Better than the average ‘livebait’...

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Angling Times, 20 May 2016 06:00

Predator fishing legend Gord Burton got a big shock when he netted this 2lb 1oz roach from a northern canal – while fishing for livebaits to go piking!Using a floatfished double red maggot hookbait, he found a few small silvers before the action stepped up a notch.“When it came to the surface I couldn’t believe such a stunning big roach ...

Big canal zander from the murk

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Angling Times, 19 May 2016 06:00

A heavily coloured canal didn’t deter lure fishing ace Chris Lowe, who banked this hefty zander.The Savage Gear-backed rod turned up at a Midlands cut to find visibility at a minimum, but still tied on a ‘noisy’ Da Bush spinnerbait and bagged the fish, which he estimated to weigh close to double figures.“By pitching it close to boats I convinced ...

Wood Common at 49lb 8oz completes a fine double

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Angling Times, 19 May 2016 06:00

Andy Hargreaves has become the first visiting angler to bank both of Spitfire Pool’s coveted commons.His capture of the Wood Common at 49lb 8oz comes after he caught the Norfolk venue’s Long Common at 41lb last year. Only venue owner Rich Wilby had previously completed the double.The Wood Common came in the final hour of Andy’s final day of a ...

Best bream of year goes 17lb 2oz

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Angling Times, 18 May 2016 12:15

Prebaiting paid off for Craig Woolhouse when he made an huge haul of bream topped by the best specimen of 2016 so far. At 17lb 2oz, not only is it a lake record, but it also smashes the 35-year-old’s personal best. He visited his targeted venue in his home county of Leicestershire the day before he began fishing and prebaited ...

48lb 2oz pb carp arrives at pack-up time

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Angling Times, 17 May 2016 15:44

A last-gasp bite, a nerve-shredding battle and this 48lb 2oz mirror combined to make “a dream come true” for Dan Ashmore.The day-ticket giant, from Quarry Pool at Staffordshire’s Baden Hall, hadn’t been caught for 18 months and put up a huge scrap not long before Dan was due to leave the site.The 28-year-old from Chorley, Lancashire, said: “I had to ...

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