ABOUT TIME TOO!

Five months af­ter Dean Fletcher caught a 68lb 1oz carp, ‘The Par­rot’ has been rat­i­fied as a record. But it took too long, he says...

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

HE Bri­tish Record T Fish Com­mit­tee has rat­i­fied the coun­try’s first new carp record in eight years – and says it’s do­ing all it can to speed up fu­ture claims. Dean Fletcher has been pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate to con­firm his cap­ture of the Par­rot at 68lb 1oz, eclips­ing Oz Hol­ness’s 67lb 8oz record set in Au­gust 2008. How­ever, Dean told Angling Times the five-month wait be­tween land­ing the fish and hav­ing it con­firmed as the record was “ab­so­lute rub­bish”. The Berk­shire green­gro­cer said: “The fish has been caught three times since I had it, and I was just lucky that I took it at its peak weight. If I’d caught it at a record weight in Novem­ber rather than Jan­uary I could be the of­fi­cial record-holder but some­one might al­ready have beaten it. It makes sense to ver­ify the record as soon as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially with carp, that can fluc­tu­ate in weight.”

Dean sub­mit­ted his record claim within days of catch­ing the Was­ing Es­tate mir­ror and got his scales of­fi­cially checked less than a fort­night later, but the Bri­tish Record Fish Com­mit­tee meets only twice a year to rub­ber stamp new records.

He said: “I think it’s ab­so­lute rub­bish. They said it was up to me to get the scales ver­i­fied and they would get the stuff done as quickly as pos­si­ble, but then said they wouldn’t be hav­ing a meet­ing un­til June.

“It doesn’t take too much to get a few peo­ple in a room one evening. I think the record should

be con­firmed as soon as the scales are ver­i­fied.”

They said: Mike Heylin (right), chair­man of the BRFC, said he sym­pa­thised with the frus­tra­tions but said that com­mit­tee mem­bers come from all over Bri­tain and can­not be brought to­gether ev­ery time there is a new claim.

“We were re­ally pleased to ap­prove this record as it’s a new fish af­ter Two Tone had bounced in and out of the records,” said Mike.

“In this in­stance, the fresh­wa­ter sub-com­mit­tee com­mu­ni­cates elec­tron­i­cally so there

was a pro­vi­sional record within a

cou­ple of weeks be­fore the whole com­mit­tee met to make it of­fi­cial. It used to be all done by post, and could take for­ever.” Mike said scales checks caused most de­lays and cited the dwin­dling num­ber of coun­cils of­fer­ing the ser­vice, the use of met­ric weights to test im­pe­rial scales and the fre­quent fail­ure of of­fi­cials to fol­low the BRFC’s strict pro­ce­dures as key fac­tors. He added: “If I could find an­other way of do­ing it I’d bite the hand off the per­son who of­fered it. We are get­ting the claim process to where we want it to be, with a pro­vi­sional record ac­cepted within two or three weeks.”

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