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Cats take centre stage as James claims beast

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

MAKING HIS MARK . . . Mark James with the record catfish that weighed 41lbs 4ozs, taken at the Fisherwick Fishery this week

MAKING HIS MARK . . . Mark James with the record catfish that weighed 41lbs 4ozs, taken at the Fisherwick Fishery this week

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A total of seven catfish came from the Fisherwick Lakes last week, but the biggest by far was a 41lbs 4ozs whopper, caught by Mark James.

James, a long-time season ticket holder, took over 40 minutes to subdue his record haul.

It had lost a couple of pounds since stocking but, if the mess that was left on the unhooking mat is anything to go by, it will soon make up that weight and start increasing in size.

He wins a season ticket for his exploits, which should make up for the re-ringing of his rod and a new line, both of which the huge fish made a mess off!

Another big fish, this one weighing 35lbs 2ozs was caught by Mark Dolan on a boilie.

It had gained over 2lbs and was his second cat since they were stocked.

On a day ticket, Carl Rice had two in a day weighing in at 17lbs and 14lbs, both falling for boilies.

Rice said that he had been all over the country trying to catch one and then he caught two on his doorstep.

Other catfish went to Phil Higgs (21lbs), Johnathon Linford (18lbs) and Ryan Berridge (15lbs).

The same lake has also produced over 40 specimen carp, with Dave Radford netting a brace of 20-pounders.

On a quick overnight stay on the Runswater Pool, Wayne Naish netted nine carp to 14lbs.

If you fancy a try on the Trout Lake at Fisherwick, most of the fish are now responding to buzzers and daiwl bachs but the best fish was weighed in at 3lbs being caught by a Mr Stretton on a damsel.

The rod average has been steady at 2.8 fish per rod.

At Stoppos Fishery, Reg Whiston notched up his second win in as many matches with another excellent weight of 49lbs 8ozs. He caught carp to 8lbs on the feeder with a cocktail of sweet corn and maggots.

Carl Ford was only one fish behind on 42lbs 12ozs, fishing very close in to the margins with either the feeder or the pole. He took carp to 9lbs by constantly swapping over from one method to the other.

While everyone else was catching, Tony Torrosian could only sit and watch as nothing was interested in what he could offer. However, with just an hour to go, his swim suddenly came to life and he was able to net 23lbs 4ozs in that time.

There was a close match in Mount Pleasant Angling Club’s match at the normally very prolific Thorpe Constantine Fishery. Following a very cold night, Nig Dutton took small carp that totaled 22lbs 10ozs, He started off on the pole but as the match progressed, he switched over to the feeder to continue catching.

It was very much the story of the match, everyone switching over from the pole to the feeder, but the sooner that it was done the bigger the weight.

Runner-up was Dave Rudge with 21lbs 13ozs with Eamon Taylor not far behind with 21lbs 5ozs. Lee Turner was fourth with a creditable 19lbs 11ozs.

It may have been a silver fish only match but the competitors in the Veterans match fished at the Robin Wood Fishery would have though differently as the weights were very good.

Top rod was John Adams with 18lbs 8ozs of skimmers and ide taken on pole and pellets beating Terry Carpenter, who is on a real run at the moment and took 16lbs 4ozs, a weight made up as the winner’s net was, but on the maggot.

But not far behind was Dave Sherratt who, fishing his favoured worm, took 16lbs 2ozs.

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