Tench angler battles 50lb carp on 30-year-old float rod

Big carp bottoms out angler's scales

Tench angler battles 50lb carp on 30-year-old float rod

by Angling Times |

A CARP weighing over 50lb has been landed on the float, using a 30-year-old rod, while fishing for tench.

Michael Moone had endured a tricky season before its capture, with bad weather impacting the fishing. But after seeing that it’d stopped raining one evening, he ventured out to a public water near his home in Almere, Netherlands.

“I wasn’t planning on fishing, but something told me to go,” he said.

“Using my trusty 30-year-old Sigma rod, I stalked the margins on the float, hoping for a tench. After missing a bite, I rebaited with double corn and not long after the float dipped. Expecting a bream, I immediately felt it was something big. It was now raining so hard I couldn’t hear the drag, but when the huge fish surfaced for the first time, I was shaking. After an explosive fight, it bottomed out my scales at 22kg, and I know it was caught last year after spawning at 51lb 8oz, and this year they haven’t spawned yet...”

Michael Moone and his 50lb-plus carp taken on float fishing tactics
Michael Moone and his 50lb-plus carp taken on float fishing tactics
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