CARP ace Mark Pitchers followed up a 2 lb 9 oz grayling with this stunning brace of 2 lb 13 oz (top) and 2 lb 5 oz.

The 39-year-old carp ace, from Stokesley, North Yorkshire, nabbed the new grayling PB from a local river.

Mark, who was a top match prospect in his youth, said: “These grayling were caught on two consecutive casts. I also landed a 2 lb 1oz a short while later. That makes it five two-pounders in three short day sessions.

“All the fish fell to trotted double red maggot on a size 16 hook tied to 4 lb line beneath a 5AA Avon.

“This is my first winter of fishing for other species, normally I carp fish right through the colder months but I will be fishing for grayling until March. My goal is a 3 lb-plus grayling.

“I have caught big coarse fish whilst carp fishing, albeit by accident, so I’ve never photographed them as it seems like cheating to me if they haven’t been caught by design.

“I’ve caught roach to 3 lb, bream to 17 lb 6 oz and a few years ago I caught a tench of around 13-14 lb from Linear in Oxford.

“That tench remains my biggest regret in angling actually as I unhooked it in the water without weighing or taking a photo,” concluded Mark, whose The Challenge videos are hugely popular on YouTube.

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