Rarely-caught Tarka out at 49lb 4oz from The Avenue

Setting up in a swim that hadn’t been fished for months produced this lake record common of 49lb 4oz for Steve Hall during a session on RH Fisheries’ The Avenue.

His trip got off to a flying start with a brace of thirties weighing 35lb and 30lb 8oz coming within two hours of him casting out.

Things got even better for the Shropshire-based venue regular later in the afternoon when he received a take half an hour after he’d seen a good fish show over his area.

Steve used Wayne Dunn’s Limited Edition M1 boilies and fished a small red pop-up hookbait over a scattering of freebies on the edge of a gravel bar at 75 yards range.

Fishery owner, Rob Hales, said: “This is a very special fish which rarely gets caught and has piled on over 10lb in weight in two years. It is known as Tarka as it got attacked by an otter when it was in the stock pond but now he’s coming back to full glory. It is very likely that the Avenue will hold at least three fifties by the spring.”