Arm aching 350lb match weight could herald bigger things to come for 2012.
The biggest match weight of the year so far has been caught at a net-busting 353lb 8oz.
Amassed during a recent competition at Oxfordshire’s legendary bagging water, Rolf’s Lake, the huge figure was put together by venue regular Jeff Edwards who fished pole and paste to catch carp after carp up to 19lb in weight.
Fishing an open match at the water, located not far from Oxford, Jeff drew peg 32, giving him a narrower channel between the two main areas of the lake to aim at. Starting off by targeting an area to the left of his peg towards an over hanging bush, the Reading Angling Centre-backed angler also fed a line to his right.
After a handful of fish from the left the action started in earnest when Jeff switched to his right-hand line, with a stream of hard-fighting carp coming from the off as soon as his paste hit the deck.
The second 300lb net weighed in at Rolf’s this year – the first being a 314lb 4oz total racked up in a mid-week open by Middy-backed angler Andy Quarmby fishing from peg 14 just days before – the figures could be a sign of bigger things to come this year, as Rolf’s Lake boss John Bennett told Match Fishing:
“The five-hour World Match record stands at 490lb 8oz, but a few years ago Rolf’s did 530lb and I think 600lb could well be a possibility with the right angler, on the right peg on the right day, although in fishing nothing is ever certain,” said John.
“These recent weights are impressive for the start of April. They came just before the recent cold snap with the carp getting their heads down as the low pressure came over. If we get good conditions during the summer and the carp decide to feed hard, it will be interesting to see what the result might be.”