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Michael Bell with his UK shore-caught tope at 66lb 10oz.

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New UK shore-caught tope record


Michael Bell with his New 66lb 10oz.UK shore-caught tope record

Michael Bell’s long distance trip to the Isle of Man proved
worthwhile when he landed a new UK shore caught Tope record, weighing a
staggering 66lb 10oz.

The 42-year-old Northumberland-based
college lecturer was fishing with his friend Scott Davidson at Point
West, in Ramsey - a known deep water mark for the species - when he
landed the fish, beating Kevin Legge’s 66lb specimen caught in Devon in 2006.

The pair caught a total of 24 fish during the week, including another large tope of 40lb, using freshly caught mackerel.

Michael used a Sakuma Manta 6/0 hook tied to a 75lb Sakuma wire trace to land
the fish, which was weighed and witnessed by local angler Mark Quirk,
before being released.

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