“HOW I GREW THE RECORD CARP”
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
TIMELINE OF ‘BIG RIG’
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.