Records have tumbled in the soaring heat at fisheries up and down the country.
Fish stocks have gone in to a feeding frenzy since the temperatures rose and catches peaked last week with a series of huge weights setting new venue bests at some of the UK’s top complexes.
Leading the way was Lincolnshire’s Lindholme Lakes, which saw no less than four records fall during a five day festival, with Andy Bennett’s 321lb 10oz catch the best of the quartet.
Over 16,000lb of fish were shared between the field during the five-day tournament and the Guru-backed rod said: “It was one of the best week’s fishing I have ever had and I averaged 220lb a day.
“It rained heavily in the days leading up to it which oxygenated the water and created the perfect conditions for the fish to feed. On the day I broke the record I was catching a 3lb carp almost every drop in!”
Reigning Fish O’Mania champion, Andy Geldart, continued his winning streak with a 291lb 8oz fishery best from Woodland Lakes in Thirsk, while Doncaster’s Barnburgh Lakes saw three people break the previous best of 336lb in a day, with Barry Foster’s 372lb haul of F1s enough for the win.
In the Midlands, Ian Wood showed his class at Moorlands Farm, using paste on Bank Pool to set a new landmark for the Worcestershire fishery with 263lb 8oz.
Many regulars at Tunnel Barn Farm had stated the fishery record would be broken this summer and that prediction came true when Lee Richards weighed in 280lb. This was upped again days later by Dave James with 314lb 10oz. Fishery manager, Les Whetton, told Angling Times: “Everything seems to be right at the minute – the conditions have been spot on, the anglers are in great form and the fish want feeding. I wouldn’t rule out the record going for a third time in the coming weeks.”
The biggest weight of the year from any fishery was taken at Buckinghamshire’s Alders Farm when Colin Spencer filled no less than eight keepnets with an astonishing 612lb. His haul isn’t eligible for an official fishery record, however, as there wasn’t the minimum of 20 competitors as required by fishery rules.
Last but not least, Maver’s Graham Dack grabbed the headlines at Puddledock Farm, taking his place at the top of the all-time leaderboard with a 277lb 2oz weight from the Snake Lake.