Angling Times (UK) - - CARPFEED -

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.

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