This story recently appeared on Mike Thrussell's Pure Fishing Blog
Cornish angler, Steve Maliska, claimed the current UK record for thin lipped mullet by just 3-drams with this incredible fish weighing 7lbs 3dr.
In addition he will be claiming a new Cornish record for the species, a European record, and is to claim an IGFA world record too!
He was using an ABU Dual Tip rod and ABU Ora reel loaded with the new Berkley Nanofil line in 6kgs breaking strain. His method was ledgering a small worm bait paternoster style on a JRC Connect 4 carp hook.
Nanofil is proving a popular choice amongst experienced anglers when targeting shy biting species, such as mullet and bass, due to its direct nature for enhanced bite detection and fast reaction to set the hook, but also due to its co-efficient surface that aids casting distance when using light end tackle.
This fish was no chance hook up as Steve has been specifically targeting these bigger thin lips for over two years from marks in the Malpas area. He’s had success with many smaller 2 to 3lb fish, but now he’s bagged this biggie, he’s looking for more. In fact Steve tells us he has seen bigger thin lips already and will pushing hard to up the record further.
Steve said, “I’m really pleased to get this fish as I’ve put a lot of hard work in to learn more about thin lips, and it’s finally paid off! I get a few fish on spinners, but the big fish take the worm!”
Self-confessed mullet nut Steve has also identified an area that holds double figure thick lipped mullet too. To prove the point he followed the big thin lip up with a cracking thick lip of 6lbs 9ozs just a couple of days later that took him 40 minutes to land. With the current Cornish record set at 7lbs 6ozs, Steve tells us he’s looking to add this record to his CV as well, so watch this space!
Steve Maliska with his Thin Lipped Mullet of 7lbs 2ozs 3dr