THE BRITISH Record Fish Committee has opened a big fat can of worms in ruling out Vinny Parker’s claim for a new record carp (see page 6).
It’s a problem they’re going to face at increasingly frequent intervals, given the ever-growing stocks of huge carp in our ‘super waters’. Holme Fen alone has five fish within touching distance of the exisiting ‘record’ of 68lb 1oz.
It’s impossible to know the stocking weight of every big carp, and the BRFC’s ‘suggestion’ that any fish worthy of consideration needs to have been stocked into the water at no more than 25% of the weight it was ultimately caught at is highly flawed in that respect. The only way to get any clarity on the mater is to adopt Rob Hughes’ standpoint (page 7). Anything else is subjective guesswork, which risks undermining the credibility of the history books.