Clonker of a fish and a damned good rendition of a painting, he has really caught the scene. Well done.I remember it well.
Arrived at the Towy during the day at some time and fished Cystanog and Palace beats hoping for a fresh fish off the tide.
Several hours later and nothing.Packed in and went to Barley Mount fishing late afternoon and into the dusk as it crept in.
Was thinking of packing in but decided to fish Nantgaredig further down.Got to the pool.
Set up Hardy Gem 10ft 7wt,12Ib Maxima and a shakey blue intermediate line with a size 10 double on.
There was one guy below me fishing,so I got in above him and few casts later and into the V of the river the rod tip was pulled down not hard just like a weight was attached.
Lifted into the rod and thought a fish of about couple of pounds.Not moving much then it did and assuming it was slightly bigger.
Then a tail came out of the river like the size of a shovel !! Jesus Christ I thought.
It made no big runs as such and just powered up and down.
The old guy below me netted it and took the photos, I was bloody shocked and shouting.
At 18 pounds it was released and swam off.
Shaking I went back to the car as couldn't fish anymore,then realised I threw my rod into the bankside when it was landed.
Had to run back across the fields to get it.
Guys fishing further up heard me shouting and wished they'd come down to look as I found out later.
Have never come anywhere near it.
Had this painting done then by John Searl.