Keith Arthur’s views on the news

But we need more than one cat­e­gory for it to make sense

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

I’M de­lighted for the man who has be­come the lat­est to catch the big­gest carp ever landed in the UK (full re­port last week).

His com­ments quoted in Angling Times are spot-on... that he’s been given the chance to catch a fish of a size that many travel many miles and spend a for­tune in pur­su­ing.

No clap­trap about the hon­our of catch­ing a record be­cause, like it or not, and no mat­ter what the Bri­tish Record Fish Com­mit­tee de­cides if a claim is even­tu­ally sub­mit­ted, it can’t be recog­nised as ‘the’ record.

As I men­tioned a few weeks ago, there is a pre­vi­ous rul­ing in place re­gard­ing trout and that has to be the recog­nised sta­tus quo. Wild, nat­u­ralised and cul­ti­vated cat­e­gories are re­quired.

So let’s cre­ate more lists based on that. I see no rea­son why the wels catfish record can’t be re-es­tab­lished on sim­i­lar grounds and, while we’re at it, why not F1 hy­brids or koi? The more ‘records’ there are, the more in­cen­tive there is for an­glers to chase them, be­cause we all know they will.

Robby Har­ri­son with Big Rig – I’m de­lighted for him.

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