Independent Angler: New records and the world according to Chris Yates

Gareth Purnell

fish1 300x209 Independent Angler: New records and the world according to Chris YatesCarp Record Breaks The 100lb barrier

The first ever 100lb-plus carp has been caught by an Austrian angler fishing in Hungary.

Roman Hanke tempted the massive 10lb 4oz mirror carp from Euro-Aqua Fishery – a venue that had been tipped up as a potential record breaker. The fish, caught on June 5th, measured 113cm long and fell for a birdfood boilie and the commercially run venue, which is a former gravel pit near to the massive Lake Balaton. A week’s fishing there costs 700 Euros.

The capture means that English anglers lose their grip on the world carp record, which has been jointly held by Buckinghamshire roofer Ambrose Smith and John Bryan from Waltham Abbey with a 99lb fish from Le Graviers Fishery in Dijon, France.

Weils Disease Spray For Anglers

Midlander Hadrian Garner is launching a product aimed at educating the angling community on how to avoid contracting Weils disease, after a fishing mad family member contracted it.

Freshwater fishermen are especially susceptible to the condition, which is spread through rat’s urine at the water’s edge. If the disease, also called Leptospirosis, enters the bloodstream through a cut or is ingested, it can be fatal, as it was in the case of double Olympic rowing champion Andy Homes MBE.

After witnessing first-hand the sufferings of a family member, Hadrian created The Doctor Weils hand cleaning formula which is both manufactured and bottled in the Midlands. The product will be launched officially at the Tackle & Guns show in Stoneleigh, Warks in October. For more information visit .

fish2 300x199 Independent Angler: New records and the world according to Chris YatesBiggest Irish Trout For 118 years

The largest trout caught in Ireland for over a century has been boated on the country’s Lough Corrib.

Weighed at a staggering 25lb 2oz, the huge ferox is a new record for the venue in the west of Ireland, beating the previous best for the lough by over 3lb.

The monster brown trout was hooked not far from the biggest island in the 170 square kilometer water by visiting Welshman Ceri Jones, after it fell for a trolled roach deadbait.

As well as setting a new best for Corrib, the fish is the largest specimen caught in Ireland for 118 years – the biggest before that and the heaviest ever recorded in Ireland being a 26lb fish banked from Lough Ennell in the 1800s.

fish3 288x300 Independent Angler: New records and the world according to Chris YatesUK’s Big Girl

At 62lb on the nose, this huge specimen is the biggest known carp in the UK, and its latest trip to the bank left its captor ‘completely stunned’.

South East angler Danny Harmer caught the fish, known as the ‘Big Girl’, during a four-day session at Kent’s Elphicks Fisheries, targeting the specimen’s of the venue’s North Lake.

The self-employed builder found a clean area at the bottom of a drop off towards the middle of the lake in 10 feet of water and spodded in a couple of kilos of particles..

Quiet for the first two nights, Danny continued introducing his mix in the same quantity ever day, over which he present a single 15mm Cell bottom bait – an approach that eventually paid off big time.

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The current issue of Game Fisher’s Diary includes the first two parts of Home For Salmon – a not-to-be-missed documentary about the Atlantic Salmon Reserve of Kharlovka in the Kola Peninsula of Russia featuring international fly angling superstar Mikael Frodin.
It’s free to view here on The Independent’s website online, on i-phones and on i-pads by clicking on this link:

Kharlovka boasts that it is world’s first conservation area for Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, Wild Brown Trout and Arctic Char. It aims to sustain and develop the area’s fantastic fishing, hand in hand with preserving and protecting this pristine and uninhabited wilderness for the benefit of future generations.

The series is beautifully shot and includes some unforgettable underwater footage of salmon moving through the river and responding to the flies presented to them. The full documentary will be broadcast over the next few issues of The Game Fisher’s Diary.

fish5 300x168 Independent Angler: New records and the world according to Chris YatesThe World According To Chris Yates

Meanwhile, the latest issue of The Carp Channel – which is also free to view here on The Independent’s website – includes a not-to-be missed insight into the life and times of Chris Yates, the man who broke Richard Walker’s British carp record in June 1980 with a fish of 51lb 8oz from Redmire Pool.

Chris Yates talks to Ian Chillcott about the early days of carp fishing and his first sessions on the iconic Redmire Pool with Rod Hutchinson.
The Carp Channel’s first instalment of ‘The World According To Chris Yates’ appeared last year and is still the most popular programme yet to be broadcast in the free-to-view video magazine with over 25,000 views, and the story continues in the June/July issue in two parts.

It’s free to view online, on i-phones and on i-pads and soon on Smart TV with another three hours of great carp fishing video by going to .

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  • Farweasel

    Seems like a lot of Carp to me.

  • M Q

    As an avid fisherman here in Arizona, I’m interested in the bait used -what the heck is “bridfood boiled”??

  • GarethPurnell

    birdfood boilie!!!

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