It’s the big­gest carp in Britain – so it de­serves to be the record

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

ONCE again I have read more non­sense on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing the cap­ture of Cap­tain Jack from Holme Fen Fish­ery at a weight that would see it be­come the new Bri­tish record.

The carp is be­ing claimed as a Bri­tish record by cap­tor Nigel Lud­brook, and why not? He caught the fish fair and square. So what if it started life in Is­rael? It has been in the lake for six years and in that time has put on al­most 30lb.

Don’t for­get, carp are not indige­nous to the Bri­tish Isles – they were first in­tro­duced prob­a­bly some time in the 14th cen­tury.

So can any carp truly be re­garded as ‘Bri­tish’?

Judg­ing by some of the com­ments on Face­book, there are a lot of jeal­ous peo­ple out there! Paul Brind­ley, St Albans

IT’S about time the Bri­tish Record Fish Com­mit­tee did some­thing about the carp record. It’s get­ting ridicu­lous. Some of the fish that are now be­ing caught are al­most chem­i­cally mod­i­fied, and quite sim­ply do not de­serve to be classed as the best caught in UK.

Sadly, I see the only so­lu­tion be­ing to do to the carp record what they have done to the cat­fish record – close the list. A sad state of af­fairs, but I see no other op­tion. Ian Groves, Work­sop

Nigel Lud­brook with Cap­tain Jack. Good luck to him.

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