Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -


CATCHES that come out of the blue and are made by pre­vi­ously ‘un­known’ an­glers al­ways seem to hold a lit­tle more ro­mance, and Roddy Porter’s cap­ture of a new Bri­tish record carp in 1995 cer­tainly ticked the right boxes on that score.

The 25-year-old had never caught a carp over 20lb be­fore, and when his bite alarm sounded one evening in June, lit­tle did he know that he was about to re­write the his­tory books.

The enor­mous 54lb fish was taken from a rel­a­tively un­heard of venue in Northants, and the catch showed just how eas­ily big carp can eas­ily slip un­der the radar of the angling world.

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