Huge grassie but no record

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

WHAT a re­sult for Martin Bowler with his grass carp (see pages 40-43). He ob­vi­ously hit on what my Amer­i­can friends call a ‘honey-hole’ for them on one of the few days these wary crea­tures decide to feed.

For an an­gler who has held the Bri­tish Record for two species pre­vi­ously it must be galling that his largest can­not be claimed, de­spite be­ing the big­gest grassie ever banked in Britain.

The ban on them was im­posed a few years back, mostly thanks to species that are now de­scribed as ‘in­va­sive’, no­tably out­size cat­fish, be­ing il­le­gally im­ported.

This step was in­tended to pre­vent the spread of dis­ease as much as any­thing.

Ironic, then, that zan­der and the id­i­otic pump­kin­seed, which are sim­i­larly in­va­sive but prob­a­bly not as likely to be im­ported as wels or grass carp, are still open to record claims.

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