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WOW – what a week for giants! The two big­gest carp in this is­sue have set tongues wag­ging, just like our re­cent exclusive about record pike.

If you missed the pic­tures of those mas­sive Blag­don pike, they are in our lat­est re­ports on gi­ant pike in p.7.

I’ve seen doubts cast over the bulky preda­tors… but they are be­lieved by AM con­trib­u­tor Neville Fick­ling, the No.1 pike his­to­rian. Be­ing weighed in a boat, there is sadly no chance of ei­ther be­com­ing a British record.

That can­not be said about the 68 lb 8 oz carp, right. Con­grat­u­la­tions Nigel Lud­brook, who shares his story and pic­tures here.

Many carpers want the British Record Fish Com­mit­tee to turn down any claim, and keep The Par­rot (68 lb 1 oz) at the top. But as Nigel’s catch was legally im­ported years ago, then left to grow on, what’s to stop the BRFC ac­knowl­edg­ing this as the big­gest, fairly caught carp?

NO­BODY will dis­pute the claim of the 108 lb fish in p.6 to the un­of­fi­cial World ti­tle.

Yes, it’s fed a big diet.

Yes, it has lived fast and will prob­a­bly die young. You may smile, cringe, or cry, but you can­not deny it’s the big­gest carp you have ever seen. I’d never want to fish for it, but where do we draw the line?

Do drop us a line about these catches, and the state of angling to­day, to: am­let­ters@timeinc.com

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