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Teenage fisherman not put off by accident

Posted 15 July 2010
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Teenage fisherman not put off by accident
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A teenage angler has said he will not be hanging up his fishing tackle despite being hospitalised by a freak accident while catching a fish.

Tom Mitchenall was trying to hook a carp in a competition held in Worcestershire when his line snapped and the float was catapulted towards him, embedding itself in his chest.

He had to be taken to hospital and undergo surgery to remove the float after failing to pull it out himself.

However, 17-year-old Tom pledged: "I am still going to carry on fishing."

A youngster encountering some better luck with his fishing bait was 16-year-old Nick Richards, who has been celebrating landing the biggest goldfish ever caught in Britain.

Fishing near home in Poole, Dorset, he was looking for carp when he reeled in the 5lb specimen.

He commented: "I can only think that it had got too big for someone's tank or pond and the owner had dumped it in the lake."

Posted by Dan Mirza