As a (self proclaimed) specimen hunter I strive to catch bigger and different species each year. The nature and variety of fishing is such that we can never be totally satisfied and it's that fact that drives most of us to the waterside. Whether it be to better ourselves or to beat our mates it does not matter, it's what we do. Having said that sometimes it is not solely about size but can be the method used, the venue fished etc.
Here are my current pb's:
Salmon 5lb 2oz
Garfish 2lb 4oz
White Sturgeon 100lb
2lb 1oz Grayling-click here to read Big Welsh Grayling
1lb 8oz Sea Trout-click here to read Suprises on the Itchen
This fish was taken on a mayfly on a summers' evening from the majestic River Test. Sadly only part of that is true, it was caught from the Test but it was while Grayling fishing using maggots as bait. Not as romantic but it still put up a cracking fight and I did enjoy catching it.
3lb 11oz Brown Trout
Sometimes a pb can come along when you least expect it, especially if a totally different species was the target. My biggest ever Chub was just that, a Barbel session spent trotting luncheon meat resulted in some of the target species but a particularly pleasing pb Chub that was as fat as butter. It didn't quite make the 'six' but it definitely would do if I was to make it's acquaintance again in the Winter. The Warwickshire Avon showing what a truly diverse river it is for specimen fish.
5lb 15oz Chub -click here
This fish could never be described as wild or native but it is still an achievement to capture these monster Trout. The mecca for big salmonids that is Lechlade fishery was the venue and although these are obviously stocked fish plenty of anglers still come away scratching their heads and with lighter wallets after a blank. I love this venue, it is great fun and exciting just seeing these monsters let alone battling one.
10lb 9oz Rainbow-Click here
A species that most anglers would capture, call it a skimmer and chuck it in the keepnet with distain not fully realising what they had landed. I accidentally discovered them online, the accidentally discover a local lake with them in the owner of which did not realise what they were either. After only a couple of actually dedicated sessions chasing them i had a pb over a pound. Beatable I am sure when I get the inspiration to try again.
1lb 2oz Silver Bream-Click here to read about the session
9lb 12oz (fly caught pb)-Click here to read about the session
Tarpon 125lb-Click here to read about the capture
152lb Catfish-Click here to read about the holiday
1lb 2oz Rudd-Click here to read about the session
Lochnaw castle? river Stour? no the Warwickshire Avon! A tip off in a supermarket car park from a match angler led me to a spot on the local river with potential for big Roach and armed with a loaf of bread I proved it.
2lb Roach-Click here for full account
I will hold my hands up and say that this was another 'accidental' capture in that I was actually targeting Tench but that does not make it any less skillful. An (unnamed!!) thirty from Linear that fell for a worm hook bait and was expertly played on a Barbel rod using eight pound line to a size 16 hook. Good skills!
32lb 8oz Mirror Carp, Hardwick-Click here for full account
Pound for pound one of the best battles I have ever had with a fish, it just would not give in. A dog biscuit was its down fall which it took almost after dark, I could not see the take but struck on instinct as I heard a 'slurp' noise from the vicinity of my bait. A stunning old fish that is also nameless.
22lb 4oz Common Carp, Stubb's Pool (biggest Common and surface caught Carp)
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1lb 7oz Crucian Carp, Marsh Farm-Click here for whole trip
|2lb 12oz Blue Trout|
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|18lb 3oz Pike, Warks Avon|
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|13lb 4oz Barbel, Warks Avon|
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|10lb 10oz Bream, Hardwick|
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|9lb 13oz Tench, St. Johns|
|11lb 2oz Zander, Warks Avon|
|2lb 3oz Eel, Coppice|
|4lb 12oz Bass, Plymouth|
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|8lb Cod, Exmouth|
|12lb Pollock, Exmouth|
|30lb Conger, Plymouth|
|45lb Marlin, Florida|