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Phil nets a premier cru; FISHING.


CATCHING a true crucian carp is a tricky problem because the crucian, although related to the mighty mirror and common carp, also has goldfish and minnows as relatives in a big family.

Britain's biggest true crucian weighed in at 4lb 9oz 9dms from a lake in southern England in 2003.

Since then several claimants have come forward but their attempts to net the record have fallen as hybrids at the identity hurdle.

So Phil Peters, from Bracknell, Berkshire, is more than chuffed with the 2lb 11oz crucian that he caught in a private lake in nearby Wokingham.

Phil (pictured) used a stillwater waggler rig, baiting a tiny 18s hook with luncheon meat cut into squares no bigger than one-eighth of an inch, plus hempseed as groundbait.

His prize, for 58 per cent of the record, is a Shakespeare Superteam feeder rod with an SKP MACH 3 XT front-drag reel.

Here is another chance to win one of the best bivvies on the market.

Check out this JRC Quad two-man job (below) that will keep you and your fishing pal snug under cover while watching bite detectors. A bivvy bag, fitted with studs to beat bankside mud, is supplied.

Send in September's best freshwater coarse fishing entry and you'll get the lot, worth close on pounds 300.

An SKP XT Commercial 13ft rod goes to the runnerup.

PENN's Surfmaster fixedspool reel and Shakespeare's MTI twopiece bass-fishing rod get together for the winning shore-fishing entry.

The boat-fishing winner lands a PENN Evo 8ft braid rod and GT multiplier reel.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2010
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