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ANGLING: PAT ARMSTRONG'S COLUMN ON THE ANGLING SCENE: Cooper's ton-up haul may be record-breaker.

Byline: PAT ARMSTRONG

A WARWICKSHIRE angler's ton-up haul, made up of just two fish, is being put forward as a record.

John Cooper from Coleshill landed a common carp of 51lb 8oz from a Shropshire lake and followed it up with a mirror scaling 50lb 8oz, for an aggregate 102lb. Britain's first carp brace scaling 100lb plus is reckoned to be the heaviest reported double capture in a single session since 1995, when Tony Booker landed a pair of mirrors weighing 49lb 12oz and 48lb 8oz (total 98lb 4oz) from a Hertfordshire venue.

Eleven hours separated Cooper's brace of monsters. But both the captor and the Acton Burnell syndicate controlling the Shropshire lake are shunning publicity following the remarkable double.

VETERAN matchman Bernard Ward (Young's MG) didn't make the frame of leading weights on either day of the weekend Christmas Festival at Tunnel Barn Farm, but still walked away with the pounds 400 top prize after winning both his sections for a perfect 10-point score at Shrewley.

The Redditch man's aggregate 14-8-0 was well topped on day one by the 27-12-0 posted by Paul Newell (Tunnel Barn Farm) and again on day two when Mark Phillips (Newport Pagnall) headed the frame with 14-15-8, but neither were able to add a telling second score.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 21, 2001
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