Fair play to Rob Hales and cap­tor of Big Rig

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

THE po­ten­tial new carp record has di­vided a lot of opin­ion and the cap­tor and owner of the fish have cer­tainly come in for stiff crit­i­cism from some quar­ters.

But I say fair play to Rob Hales for fronting up the flack he has faced with his in­ter­view he gave in last week’s An­gling Times.

I per­son­ally think Rob has done noth­ing wrong, and is only cater­ing for the huge de­mand out there for big­ger and big­ger carp.

There isn’t an an­gler alive that wouldn’t want to catch a Bri­tish record fish, and Rob has now given them that op­por­tu­nity by rear­ing this stun­ning fish.

Just be­cause Rob is in­no­va­tive and for­ward-think­ing doesn’t mean he should be ham­mered by the di­nosaurs that are stuck in the era of Red­mire Pool and Chris Yates’ record carp – another for­eign-bred fish, of course. Neil Bar­den, email

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