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I’VE been an an­gler for well over a decade and in all that time I have never seen a topic di­vide the sport as much as the huge carp that was landed last week.

If it is given the go-ahead as the Bri­tish record, Tom Do­herty’s 69lb 13oz fish will cre­ate an even big­ger stir, and the de­bate will rum­ble on even longer as to whether the carp should go on to the record list. Per­son­ally I am in the camp that says the fish should def­i­nitely be a record. Those that are bang­ing on about its her­itage and that it ‘isn’t a true English carp’ re­ally do need to take a long hard look at them­selves.

The fish was caught in this coun­try and is heav­ier than the pre­vi­ous best – what else is there to de­bate?!

Tom fished the venue cor­rectly, used a rig that fooled the gi­ant and then played it skil­fully. He de­serves his place in the his­tory books.

Those that are slat­ing him are prob­a­bly jeal­ous and, in my eyes, they don’t have a valid ar­gu­ment. Well done Tom, ig­nore the haters and en­joy your mo­ment in the spot­light!

Bob Reynolds, Read­ing

Tom Do­herty’s 69lb 13oz carp – good or bad?

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