Walking on water! That’s Jason Partlow – after banking Willen Lake’s ‘the golden common’ at a new MKAA record weight of 43-15.
And finally being the one holding the rod put him on an extra high as he has TWICE witnessed the mega fish being caught at record weights by other people.
‘Twice I’ve been the bridesmaid, witnessing her weighing, but this time I was the one catching her,” he said.
“I was fishing where I know she likes to go at this time of year, and had pre-baited for three or four weeks.”
The fish took his boilie at around 2am Friday morning, and when he finally got it into his landing net and saw the immense fish, the experience “left me shaking, it really did.”
It turned Jason’s scales to 43-14 – but then Phil Mapp weighed it on his and it went exactly 44lb. So the claimed weight was settled at 43-15.
Not long after Jason set his new record, Karl Bean landed a 38lb Willen fish which, any other time would have been a protracted talking point, and Paul Bolton had a 27-10 from Tear Drops.
>> At the opposite end of the spectrum young Harry Sayer, out with dad Gary, had his first-ever carp (around 3lb) from the new Ashlands dayticket fishery near Mount Farm, and was just as lit-up as Jason had been with his record-breaker.
>> With water temperatures now shooting up and with a lot of carp starting spawning in city lakes, many experienced anglers are ‘pulling off’ until the big fish recover.
THERE were big grins down on the cut in Sunday’s MKAA spring league third round between Bowlers and Peartree Bridge, as bream shoals dominated.
Tackle Hub’s Tony Salczynski set the pace with 40-15 of decent bream while, at the next peg, Browning Red’s Andy Robinson had 31-7. And in another section Maver MK Green’s Pete Patton topped a cluster of weights for third with 29-12.
End Peg were top on the day (12 points), with GoneFishin Red on 17 and Preston Innovations Black 18. With one match to go ‘Peg lead the 13 team field with 57 ahead of ‘Fishin 64 and ‘Hub on 65.
>> Osprey, Rolfes Lake: Tony Kay 189lb, George Kay 67lb, Steve Carthy 62lb.
>> Calvert v Brackley (winning team), St James’s Lake: John Hewison 21-14, Martin Harwood 16-2 and Austin Maddock 10-12.
>> Towcester, Seven Acres: Mick Goodridge 5-12 of roach, Les Goodridge 5-7, George Mynard 3-7.
>> Fixtures: Sunday, Mill Farm open, 07854 649279; May 29, first round Alders teams-of-three league, 07860 235655. May 26-28, no fishing on Furzton.