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NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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A group of lads were fishing Moorland's for the first time and one of them was struggling to even buy a bite. Towards the end of the week, on 15th April 2016, his first take resulted in an epic battle with an obvious lump. One of his mates waded in and netted the fish and I heard him shout "it's a bloody whale". It was still in the net when I reached the swim and I immediately recognized the Half Lin.
She had already been banked, just a couple of weeks earlier, at 69lb 14oz so I was expecting our first seventy, at last. We used my tripod and scales in order that all records of big fish are made by using the same equipment so with baited breath we hung the sling onto the scale hook and watched the reading. The figure of 69lb 12oz shone out. "No way" was my first reaction and then, it can't have lost 2oz surely? I then noticed that the bottom of the sling was just, lightly touching another sling which was still in the cradle. I pushed the second sling down into the cradle and the reading immediately changed to 70lbs 5oz. We'd only bloody done it!!!! Oii, Oii!!!!!!!
Now the last part of this tale didn't quite go to plan; because of his shock, the angler in question was a jibbering mess and was in no condition to hold a seventy pounder for a photo. In fact I think it was his first carp over 40lbs. Anyway, I suggested that his friend held the carp, in the sling, in the lake for five minutes until we got everything prepared and the angler calmed down enough to hold her safely. With cameras ready, the cradle positioned for the best light and everyone in position, I asked his mates to lift her out and bring her to the cradle.
For some reason I was looking away from the lake when I heard a simple, but devastating sentence, "she's gone". I went cold (god knows how the angler must have felt) and spun around to look at the lake, only to see his mates holding up an empty sling and a massive bow wave powering out from the swim. Apparently, in the excitement, nobody had checked the zips were closed properly. Another lesson learned.
The upshot of all this is that we don't actually have any photos of our first seventy but I'm sure there will be some more to come as she gets even bigger. However, we have added a photo of my good friend James Lewis holding her from when he caught her a few years ago, simply because the photo is, somehow, iconic. Luckily, one of his mates had a video camera running so he does, at least have some footage of the occasion.
Well please excuse me for making this blog somewhat disjointed but I have been fishing during the period that I am also writing this chapter. With that in mind I will break off from the "history" of the year to update you with current ongoing
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