112 lb 14 oz!

First 50 kg+ carp Brace record holder

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MICHEL SCHOENMAKERS has con­tin­ued his record-break­ing year by catch­ing the biggest carp ever.

Fish­ing Hun­gary’s Euro-Aqua, the 35-year-old be­came the first an­gler to catch a 50 kg-plus carp – this 51.2 kg (112 lb

14 oz) giant mir­ror.

His his­toric world record came four months af­ter he took a world record brace of carp, scal­ing 43.1 kg (95 lb 1 oz) and 42.5 kg (93 lb 6 oz), also from Euro-Aqua.

Dutch­man Michel told An­gler’s Mail: “This day be­gan like any nor­mal fish­ing day.

“I ate early in the morn­ing and af­ter that I got my rods ready.

“I used a snow­man bait

at the meet­ing, held at Lon­don’s Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum.

Lawrence King’s golden orfe of 8 lb 5 oz from Sur­rey’s Newdi­gate Farms was ac­cepted as an equal record. Bri­tish sea fish records were ac­cepted, too: Ja­son Touzel’s shore-caught white sea bream of 3 lb 3 oz 2 dr from Jersey; Cameron Atkin­son’s shore 18 lb spur­dog from North Devon; Ryan Wing­field’s shore 75 lb tope from Pem­brokeshire; David Lynes’s pre­sen­ta­tion and my own boilie brand (Aqua Diamonds), cast­ing to ex­actly where I wanted them.

“By 9am I had all my rigs in the lake, and it didn’t take long be­fore I got a take. The carp put up a strong fight and felt big.

“Af­ter around 20 min­utes I had the fish in my land­ing net. When I tried to lift it up on my sling, I re­alised how heavy it was.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble carp in per­fect con­di­tion. I can’t be­lieve that I’m the first per­son to catch a carp of over 50 kg. I will never for­get this day,” smiled Michel, from Ni­jmegen, in Hol­land, who had a pre­vi­ous per­sonal best of 100 lb 3 oz, caught just a month ago, also from Euro-Aqua.

Manch­ester-based War­ren bail­lon’s wrasse of 285 gr off Poole; and John Var­coe’s boat-caught

2 lb 1 oz 14 dr al­maco jack from the Cor­nish coast. 112 lb 14 oz

Michel Schoenmakers Har­ri­son, who has a 101 lb

8 oz PB from Euro-Aqua, and pre­vi­ously held the world record carp brace, says the wa­ter is in­cred­i­bly spe­cial.

He said: “I think there’s around four over 100 lb. The

101 lb 8 oz carp that I caught 18 months ago could now be big­ger than 112 lb.” Ac­cepted – 8 lb 5 oz orfe

Re­jected – Cap­tain Jack

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