Our Belgian friend, reader and big carp angler Harry Peeters sent us this amazing story and pics about the surprisingly sad end of Triple Scale, a well known mirror from one of the Kempisch Canal stretches.
When Harry fished that particular stretch in the period 2000-2002 there was a good stock of big fish about, including Triple Scale which went 44lb+ at its best. The first time Harry caught the fish though, he did not recognize it immediately as it was spawned out. The second time there was no doubt, this was Triple Scale (see pics)!
Unbeknown to most, this fantastic mirror had a tragic ending. Carp anglers who were fishing a famous swim known as the Narrow witnessed a big, fully loaded barge passing by, after which Triple Scale came surfacing heavily wounded but still alive… With heavy hearts they had no other choice than to put an end to the animals misery and suffering. RIP.