Sturgeon and pumpkinseed in bizarre brace…on the centrepin!

One of the most unusual catches of the season

UK sturgeon and pumpkinseed in bizarre brace...on the centrepin!

by Angling Times |

IN ONE of the most unusual catches of the season, a double figure sturgeon and a tiny pumpkinseed were landed in the same session by Karl Bird.

Targeting a local complex, Bucks-based Karl’s initial plan was to catch carp and cats on the fly. But after waking up to frosts, he decided to try float fishing maggots for a mixed bag - and got more than he bargained for!

“Using my float rod, centrepin reel, 3lb bottom and a size 16 hook, I hooked something that gave me a right run-around,” he told us.

There aren't many anglers who can claim to have caught a sturgeon on the centrepin
There aren't many anglers who can claim to have caught a sturgeon on the centrepin

“It went through six swims, wiping out everyone’s lines. I didn’t know what it was, but finally landed this double figure sturgeon!”

Shortly after, Karl landed a fish at the opposite end of the scale – a pumpkinseed.

Pumpkinseed are a rare fish to catch in UK waters
Pumpkinseed are a rare fish to catch in UK waters
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