Record carp It’s out again!

‘This is the an­gling ver­sion of a lottery win,’ says cap­tor

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News ed­i­tor

THIS is the pic­ture of the UK’s first 70lb carp.

The record-break­ing spec­i­men, known as Big Rig, tipped the scales at 71lb 4oz and was caught by Robby Har­ri­son from The Av­enue Fish­ery in Shropshire.

It’s the same fish that re­cently beat the cur­rent Bri­tish best of 68lb 10oz at a weight of 69lb 3oz, mean­ing that it’s put on 2lb 1oz since it was caught by Tom Do­herty just over six weeks ago.

It’s Robby’s first year on the syn­di­cate and he made carp fish­ing his­tory when he smashed his own per­sonal best that stood at 41lb with Big Rig that took a bal­anced 16mm Main­line Hy­brid boilie.

“This is like the an­gling ver­sion of win­ning the lottery,” said Robby, from Liver­pool.

“One of my fel­low an­glers helped me net the fish, but he nudged it with the frame twice and it pow­ered off on both oc­ca­sions.”

“I told him to sink the net, but nei­ther of us knew which fish it was so it was the sheer depth of its body that was col­lid­ing with the net.

“I didn’t have a head torch, so I didn’t see it straight away, but when I did I was blown away… I’ve never seen any­thing like it.

It’s a spec­i­men that has been hand-reared by Av­enue owner and boss of RH Fish­eries Rob Hales, whose in­ten­tions of grow­ing record-break­ing fish have caused con­tro­versy within the sport.

But Robby agrees with oth­ers who be­lieve that what Rob does is pro­vide ‘or­di­nary’ an­glers with the chance of catch­ing the carp of their dreams with­out go­ing abroad.

“I’m just a nor­mal an­gler who wants to catch the big­gest fish that I can,” Robby added.

“I don’t care what peo­ple say be­cause I’ve caught a fish that filled me with emo­tions and ex­cite­ment that made me feel like a boy again. Any­one who’s got a prob­lem with that has to re­mem­ber that it’s just fish­ing at the end of the day.”

“I didn’t have a head torch, so I didn’t see it straight away, but when I did I was blown away”

What a hand­ful! Robby Har­ri­son with The Av­enue’s Big Rig.

FLASH­BACK …to how An­gling Times re­ported the cap­ture of Big Rig at 69lb 13oz around six weeks ago.

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