Trent and Mersey match record tumbles as brace of big slabs come to the net.
The match record for the Trent and Mersey canal has been smashed with a net of specimen bream.
Fishing the latest round of the Mersey Series on the waterway, Warrington Anglers Association rod Roy Everson weighed in a total of 26lb 7oz 14drm – with the majority of that made up of two big slabs that pulled the scales around to 8lb 3oz and 7lb 3oz each.
It’s a result that Frank Lythgoe of Warrington AA - the club that conrols the stretch of canal where the match was held - believes has been on the cards for a while.
“We knew there were good bream in the canal as a few have come out to pleasure anglers before, but no one could ever catch them in a match,” Frank told Match Fishing. “That was until a couple of weeks ago when one of the guys caught a few and came in third.
“In this latest competition the bream bags took first, second and third place after anglers purposely targeted them. It’s funny because only a few weeks back a couple of our anglers who fish rods were complaining that they couldn’t compete with the pole anglers, now the tables have turned.”
As well as the big bream, Roy’s match-winning, record-setting net was also made up of a brace of 4lb skimmers along with a number of roach. His winning tactics consisted of caster hookbait fished with a large open-end feeder carrying a mix of Sensas Red Lake and fishmeal groundbaits.
Last modified on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:02