Keith Arthur’s views on the news
But we need more than one category for it to make sense
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.