Will it be accepted as a record?
THE British Record Fish Committee have said they will consider the Holme Fen fish for a legimate British record.
BRFC secretary Mike
Heylin said: “I knew ‘Captain Jack’ had been caught previously over the record, and was disappointed that the previous captor wanted to remain anonymous and not claim it.
“I am glad to hear the latest captor will be doing so, although we haven’t received any papers yet.
“When we do, we will give it full consideration, and from what I know of the history of the fish and the fishery, so far I don’t know of anything which would debar it automatically.
“Although it was stocked at a high weight, it has lived naturally now for quite a few years, gaining nearly 30 lb in that time.
“We could be in for a repeat of the time when Two Tone was caught a number of times at increasingly bigger weights, to push the record up,” he added.
The current carp record is held by The Parrot at 68 lb
1 oz, caught by Dean Fletcher at Wasing Estate, Berkshire, in January 2016, but the fish died earlier this year.
Two Tone previously held the record, caught at Kent’s Conningbrook Lakes at a maximum weight of 67 lb
8 oz. It is also dead.
A claim made last year by Tom Doherty for ‘Big Rig’, at 69 lb 3 oz from RH Fisheries, Shropshire, was rejected by the claims committee, as it had been artificially reared to almost record weight before being released into more natural surroundings.
She was subsequently caught at 71 lb 4 oz, but died this summer.