36lb river specimen crashes party to take angler to top of the weigh-in.
Going from last in section to winning an entire match can be a matter of just one fish – a fact that Danny Baker found out in a recent river match after banking this huge 36lb 12oz carp.
Fishing the river Wye in the first of the Angling Trust Winter League matches, Cardiff Nomads Danny was languishing at the bottom of his section trying to catch perch on a feeder and chopped worm approach when the big specimen struck.
Taking his double dendrobaena hook bait presented on a size 12 hook, the fish went off like a train, straining the Welshman’s 0.2mm hooklength and 8lb mainline to near breaking point.
Worse still was the fact that Danny’s landing net was no where big enough to take the specimen, leaving him no choice but to jump into the river to bring the fish to the bank.
With the carp adding a 36lb 12oz to his net at the final weigh-in, Danny ended up taking the top spot in the fixture with 38lb.
“It’s a well known fish which has been caught a number of time,” said Paul Woodward of Woody’s Tackle Shop in Hereford. “It came out last season at 35lb and earlier this season at 37lb. Danny did well to land it though and it didn’t half turn his match around!”