Ooo-la-la! Anglers take France by storm

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RECORDS tumbled when a crack group of Hucknall anglers landed a staggering total of more than 1,770lb of fish during a trip to France.

Top dog on the banks of the 12-acre Lac Les Pins in Limoges was Paul Stones (52), of Papplewick Lane.

For he broke the lake record on the first night with a whopper of a carp that tipped the scales at 69lb 8oz.

Throughout the six-day break, Paul, who is the brother of former Hucknall Town Football Club assistant manager Gary Stones, enjoyed an oustanding success rate.

For he also hooked fish weighing 63lb 8oz and 50lb, plus several in excess of 40lb.

The four other members of the party also enjoyed bumper hauls. They were Connor Thrower (16), of Woodstock Street, Hucknall, Karl Greenfield (32), of Kingsway Gardens, Hucknall, former Hucknall man Neil Greenfield (30), who now lives in Skegness, and Nigel Beresford (45), of Annesley Road, Hucknall.

Nigel caught the second-heaviest fish of the trip with a 68lb 4oz carp and also hooked 11 specimens each weighing in excess of 40lb.

His previous personal best was 46lb, which was also recorded in France.

Teenager Connor was in top form with a carp weighing 61lb 11oz, while the Greenfield brothers both banked common carps of 40lb-plus.

In all, the group caught 44 carp with an average weight of 41lb.

n OUR PHOTO shows Paul with the carp that broke the lake record in France