CARP RECORD NOTH­ING MORE THAN A SILLY-SEA­SON CIR­CUS

Why not cat­e­gories for ‘res­i­dent’ and ‘cul­ti­vated’ fish?

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

SO we have a new ‘big­gest carp’. Does it worry me how this came about? No, I ceased wor­ry­ing about things like that when chas­ing the big­gest fish of cer­tain species be­came a cir­cus merry-go-round rather than a sport.

Do I think it should be ac­cepted as a record? Well, only if they let me com­pete on a mo­tor­bike against Usain Bolt on foot in a race for the 200m world record.

I’d imag­ine that the Bri­tish Record Fish Com­mit­tee will now have to cat­e­gorise carp in the same way as rain­bow trout, another species that has had fish stocked at record sizes and caught within days, if not hours.

There are now three classes of rain­bow record – wild, cul­ti­vated and res­i­dent – and here’s the rub.

‘Res­i­dent’ refers to a fish that has been stocked but has grown on sig­nif­i­cantly.

A ‘cul­ti­vated’ fish is one that has been stocked at a large size and caught soon af­ter re­lease, of­ten at a re­duced weight, and ‘wild’ means a fish that has bred nat­u­rally within the water from which it is cap­tured.

The ‘wild’ cat­e­gory is still va­cant (be­cause it’s im­pos­si­ble to prove) and the BRFC will not con­sider any more claims for cul­ti­vated fish.

So, as far as carp go, we will never have a ‘wild’ record, as all our big carp are stocked at var­i­ous sizes, like rain­bows.

Even if Tom Do­herty de­cides not to lodge a record claim for this fish, there will be oth­ers, and the BRFC should now be forced to de­cide at its next meet­ing what con­sti­tutes a record carp.

One thing’s for sure, it’s go­ing to get very in­ter­est­ing...

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