CARP RECORD NOTHING MORE THAN A SILLY-SEASON CIRCUS
Why not categories for ‘resident’ and ‘cultivated’ fish?
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...