A WEST Sussex day-ticket fishery has stunned the specimen angling world by producing a mammoth 13lb tench by far the biggest landed this year to a female angler.
Julie McKee made the short journey from her Woking, Surrey home to Furnace Lakes with her husband Anthony with the aim of improving on her carp personal best of 14lb 8oz.
Opting to use a simple leger rig comprising plastic corn presented with a small bag of nuts and chopped tutti frutti boilies, Julie got the all-important bite at 8.30pm, after a fruitless day chasing the venue¹s carp population.
The surprise capture, which is thought to be the biggest-ever tench landed by a female angler, also smashed the record for the fishery by almost 1lb.
A delighted Julie, who had never caught a tench before the monster showed up, could barely hide her excitement and told Angling Times: "People wait a lifetime to catch a specimen of this size and it is still sinking in that my first tench was so big! At first I thought it was a decent carp, but when we finally realised what exactly was sitting in the bottom of the landing net we were amazed!" The staff nurse now intends to dedicate more time to the species this summer, once she returns from an angling holiday to France.
"We are off to France where I'm confident I can beat my carp pb, but when we get back I fancy getting a coarse outfit that will be tailored towards catching more tench," added a delighted Julie.
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