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
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.