In my eyes it’s never a record

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

IT LOOKS like the lat­est cap­tor of the ‘big­gest carp in the land’ is go­ing to claim the record.

That will leave the Bri­tish Record Fish Com­mit­tee to de­cide whether the fish has grown suf­fi­ciently in its cur­rent home to not count as cul­ti­vated – fish classed as such can’t be con­sid­ered un­der the rules.

How­ever, while tech­ni­cally the fish is big­ger than the in­cum­bent record, I will never con­sider it a ‘real’ fish in the same way that I don’t count the big trout I have caught as an achieve­ment, ex­cept in the tech­nique of hook­ing and land­ing them.

The real skill was in the grad­ing, feed­ing and stock­ing of them.

The new ‘record’ carp. For me, it shouldn’t count.

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