The biggest carp ever caught in the UK has been confirmed dead this evening [Tuesday, June 12].
The massive mirror, known as the Big Plated, weighed 83lb 4oz when it was caught from Wingham's Carp Lake in Kent last November.
The fish was clearly bloated at the time and only photographed on the unhooking mat. Its captor chose to remain anonymous and no record claim was submitted.
The fish, which had a previous top weight of 52lb, was returned to the water but has now been confirmed deceased.
Wingham boss Steve Burke tonight said: "It's with great sadness that I have to report that the Big Plated has been found dead in the Carp Lake at Wingham.
"There's been much speculation about Wingham producing a record carp. It's possible that it will do so in the future, but it's much more likely to come from the Main Lake.
"I'm convinced that the only reason that Wingham has produced so many 50lb-plus English carp at such a young age is the lack of fishing pressure, and in fact this has been deliberate policy since the start of the project.
"I've always allowed even less pressure on the Main Lake, that I fully opened to carp fishing only three years ago. This was to let the carp grow in peace, and they've done so at an even faster rate than in the Carp Lake.
"However, they're several years younger, and it's expected they'll surpass even those in the Carp Lake before long.
"The biggest fish in the Carp Lake is Black Spot and she was caught recently at 60lb 12oz.
"The Main Lake fish have already almost caught up, and the lake record was recently raised to 57lb 10oz. This is a male fish and so will be at its heaviest weight early winter when it could also top 60lb.
"Naturally we're very excited about the future prospects, in particular for the Main Lake."