Huge grassie but no record
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.