Gregorek in paradise again after landing a grand bluefin tuna
In the rarefied world of big-game angling, a 'grander' – a fish of 1,000lb – is considered the ultimate catch.
Zyg Gregorek, the proprietor of Paradise Lakes Fishery in Devon, who has spent much of the past 20 years roaming the world's blue-water seas has just caught a fourth fish in the class, a bluefin tuna during a five day quest off Canada's Prince Edward Island.
Time has moved on from when, to be officially recognised, a fish had to be brought ashore and weighed. Now a weight estimated from the fish's measurement is taken.
Gregorek's had a length of 10ft 6in and a 7ft girth, giving well in excess of the magic four figures. The World Record for the bluefin is 1,496lb, caught by Ken Fraser at Aulds Cove in the Canso Causeway that divides Nova Scotia from Cape Breton Island.
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It just so happened that I was there during one of my annual visits courtesy of the Canadian Government to cover the tuna season.
This magnificent fish was caught a few days after the famous tuna match of that year had finished with a fish of 902lb in top spot.
Gregorek's previous 'granders' were achieved with tiger shark, six-gilled shark, and a great white. He now intends to seek a 1,000lb example of the Greenland shark during the coming year.
The last event in the 2012 Fly Fishing Charity Challenge was the fundraisers final fished at Temple Trout Fishery on the outskirts of Bodmin.
It was contested by the 24 top fundraisers who contributed much of the year's total of £6,515 for the benefit of children with cerebral palsy who attend the Vranch House School and Centre at Exeter. It brought the grand total since 1992 to £223,588.
Once again Richard Lister of Penryn brought in the leading amount of £1,752 added to the £12,000-plus he has contributed over 12 years.
The individual best bag was by Liskeard's John Twine whose six rainbows were worth 15lb 8oz. Paul Wicks, of Ashburton, had six for 13lb and the third best bag was by Starcross' Mike Stone whose four weighed 8lb 8oz.
Wicks, teamed with Darren Penfold, had the best team bag, with their nine fish aggregating 19lb 4oz.
Organiser Sue Gould offered a heartfelt thank-you to all who had contributed to much to the success of the series.
Top of the carp catches was a personal best 'dream' fish of 39lb 6oz taken at Paradise Fishery by Steve Glidden, from Holsworthy, who was on the Kracking Carp Lake.
South Devon's Emperor yielded a mirror of 35lb 8oz for Mark Prouse, while at Crediton's Creedy Manor the heaviest common was a fish of 22lb by local rod Lloyd Kelly.
At Paignton's Town Parks, Newton Abbots Matt Feakes had a ghost carp of 24lb 2oz and a catfish of 32lb 8oz.