From 39lb to 69lb 13oz in three years – here’s the story of how RH Fish­eries boss Rob Hales cre­ated the UK’s big­gest carp

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2013 Brought in at 39lb and in­tro­duced into one of Rob’s grow­ing-on reser­voirs, where care­fully se­lected carp are fed a diet of pel­lets to max­imise growth po­ten­tial. A cus­tom-made, float­ing feeder in­tro­duces these on a timer. 2014 Big Rig at­tains a weight of 42lb and re­mains in the reser­voir fed on a diet of pel­lets. 2015 The fish re­mains in the reser­voir for an­other year, reach­ing an un­recorded weight 2016 The fish is moved to Rob Hales’ own fish farm where it’s used in a spawn­ing pro­gramme to pro­vide fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of fast-grow­ing carp. 2016 March Fol­low­ing a daily diet of two ki­los of boilies and two large scoops of pel­lets every morn­ing, all hand-fed by Rob, Big Rig reaches a weight of 58lb... and that’s af­ter spawn­ing. 2016 Septem­ber Big Rig sends shock­waves through the an­gling world when she sets a new Bri­tish carp record at 69lb 13oz, caught from The Av­enue. FU­TURE Rob is ada­ment that Big Rig has plenty more grow­ing po­ten­tial, and her off­spring are now be­ing nur­tured to pro­vide thou­sands more fast-grow­ing carp for Rob’s own and other wa­ters.


THE Av­enue, in the Shrop­shire coun­try­side, is in the RH Fish­eries port­fo­lio of wa­ters. At 10.2 acres, the syndicate lake holds 142 fish, in­clud­ing five over 50lb and 34 for­ties. The av­er­age size of the carp is an im­pres­sive 37lb. The pre­vi­ous lake record, called Tarka, is a com­mon that’s al­ready grown to 57lb 10oz and is ex­pected to weigh over 60lb in the near fu­ture.

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