72lb tope off Scottish coast

This cracking 72lb tope was the highlight of the recent Drummore and District Tope Festival in Scotland after it was boated by Stuart Atkinson.

The impressive specimen was enough to secure first place and also broke the festival record.

Stuart, from Carlisle, Cumbria was fishing aboard private boat, Solway Venture, with his son Ryan and he tempted the fish on the first day of the event using a whole mackerel bait. A second tope of 26lb gave him an overall weight of 98lb, comfortably beating the second place weight of 58lb.

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