Skimmer bream provide largest silverfish match weight ever recorded

The UK matchfishing record books were re-written this week with the capture of a staggering 252lb 8oz net of skimmers ­ believed to be the biggest silverfish net in history.

Just one week after Lake John in Essex produced a colossal 172lb 4oz bag of skimmers, Middy-backed match ace Graham Dack made the commercial fishing scene stand up and take notice after taking an even bigger net of the species from the same venue.

He won the five-hour event in emphatic style by polefishing meat up in the water, and not only smashed his own personal best weight, but also headed a contest that’s been hailed ‘the greatest silverfish match of all time’ as the top six shared more than 955lb between them.

These unbelievable stats, coupled with the fact that not one of the 20 competitors landed a carp, has seen the prolific Romford fishery hailed as the UK’s best silverfish water.

But experts also believe that this type of venue could hold the key to the future of big-weight waters, with the growing threat of deadly Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) continually lurking around the corner for many of the nation’s carp fisheries.

“This is by far the best silverfish water I’ve ever had the pleasure of fishing. I’d landed 100lb of bream and skimmers in the first hour, which is incredible,” said Graham, who netted a fish every 75 seconds during the match.

“It’s not as if I had to pile the bait in either, as I only fed just over three tins of meat.”