Centennial Parklands ‘carp whisperer’ Tony Steiner has been awarded a world angling record for a catch of the longest fish of a species in an all class category by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in a Centennial Park Pond.
Caught in Willow Pond the common Carp species was recorded at 89 cm in length and caught for the All-Tackle (length) record category.
The fish weighed 19.7 kg and was caught on a three kilo line taking approximately two hours and 45 minutes to bring in!
“I was actually stalking this particular fish for about six months and unexpectedly came across it after taking a Kids Big Fish clinic,” laughs Mr Steiner.
“After I saw it I ran back to truck, got the rod, bait etc and threw out a gentle cast. The fish came up to the bait, smelt it and swam away. To my surprise he actually turned around and came back – took the bait and then swam away.”
“Let’s just say when you go fishing you pack your rod, your bait and your patience. I’m glad I saw did in Centennial Park as I had a good view to take in as I had the fight of my life.”
“Catching this fish fulfilled a life-long dream that I have had since I was six years old sitting in the boat with my great uncle Rudolf Steiner as he explained that holding a world record was the best achievement one can attain in fishing – this achievement is for him!”
This is the second IGFA world record to have been recorded in Centennial Park for fishing. The first was in 2009 by Paul Cooper, who was awarded a world angling record for a catch of the heaviest fish of a species in an all class category.
Tony has now cast his focus to three more possible records to achieve in Centennial Park so watch this space.
An accredited IGFA guide, Tony runs the Parklands’ award winning program Fishing 4 Therapy, Kids Big Fish and corporate fishing programs in Centennial Park all year round. Please note fishing is not permitted in Centennial Park unless you are on one of Tony’s programs. Visit www.centennialparklands.com.au
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