Carp records! World record 112lb mir­ror, 68lb 10oz new UK best and 69lb thrown out

First ever 50kg-plus carp landed in Hun­gary, but Bri­tish record ruled out af­ter stock­ing dis­crep­ancy

Angling Times (UK) - - CONTENTS -

IN AN in­cred­i­ble week for carp angling, a new world record has been landed and a po­ten­tial new Bri­tish best ruled out due to a dis­crep­ancy over its stock­ing.

Back in Septem­ber a 69lb 10oz mir­ror known as Cap­tain Jack was caught from Holme Fen, Cambs, by Vinny Parker.

If it had been ac­cepted, it would have taken the crown held by a fish called The Par­rot, which was caught by Dean Fletcher from Cran­wells Lake on the Was­ing Es­tate in 2016 at 68lb 1oz.

The BRFC com­mit­tee met at Lon­don’s Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum on Novem­ber 22, and de­cided against rat­i­fy­ing the claim for two reasons.

BRFC sec­re­tary Nick Sim­monds told Angling Times: “We can­not con­sider this as a Bri­tish record, and that word Bri­tish is im­por­tant, be­cause it was im­ported from Is­rael at such a high weight and stocked into the fish­ery at a high weight.

“The sec­ond con­sid­er­a­tion is that for sev­eral months the

“It was im­ported at a high weight and stocked into the fish­ery at a high weight”

fish­ery was ar­ti­fi­cially fed with 150kg of pel­lets a week, and that goes against the cri­te­ria we set fol­low­ing the de­nial of a record claim by the an­gler who caught a fish called Big Rig from The Av­enue in Shrop­shire in 2016.”

It had pre­vi­ously been re­ported that Cap­tain Jack was im­ported at a weight of 2lb-3lb and ‘grown’ on in the UK be­fore stock­ing, but an email to the BRFC by fish­ery boss Martin Daw­son ap­pears to sug­gest oth­er­wise.

Nick added: “[Martin Daw­son said] Cap­tain Jack was im­ported and stocked di­rectly within a few weeks af­ter be­ing tem­po­rar­ily held in a hold­ing tank to check for dis­ease and par­a­sites. Cap­tain Jack was stocked on Novem­ber 22, 2013 at a weight of 41lb.”

When asked whether this de­ci­sion pre­cludes Holme Fen fish from be­ing fu­ture records, Nick Sim­monds said the com­mit­tee had not set any pol­icy but would likely look at the mat­ter again.

“Some­thing I thought about on the way home is that, to be re­al­is­tic, carp wa­ters are go­ing to be stocked with fish that orig­i­nated in fish farms and are go­ing to be grown to a sig­nif­i­cant size be­fore be­ing stocked into fish­eries. This is just me talking, but maybe we ac­cept that these fish can be records if they are stocked at, say, no more than 25 per cent of the then-record weight.”

Holme Fen is an open-ac­cess wa­ter in Cam­bridgeshire.

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