The biggest river carp ever publicly reported has been caught from a Yorkshire river at 48lb 8oz.
The mirror, which was caught last year at 50lb 1oz, fell to Nick Windass on the River Aire as part of a double take just an hour into his opening-day session.
The giant fish was stocked into Eric’s Willows Lake in 2005 but escaped during the floods of 2007 and has lived in the deep, wide river ever since.
This latest capture occurred on June 16 just an hour into Nick’s session.
He said: “The big mirror looked immense, and with it getting caught last year at over 50lb we knew it was going to be close – the scales finally settled on a staggering 48lb 8oz which is a new pb for me, so I’m buzzing!”
Nick had booked June 15 off work to fix his van, but soon decided to head to the river with a mate for opening day instead.
“We decided to have a good look at a few likely looking areas in the margins and we soon found some spots and got the rods out.
“Around an hour or so later all hell broke loose.
“First, I received a take on one of my rods, and as soon as I hit it it felt like a good fish and kited to the left.
“I soon managed to get on top of it and it was clear what fish it was.
“I must admit at that point my legs went to jelly a bit. Thankfully, it was soon sulking in the net.
“With all the excitement, I had to take a couple of moments just to compose myself.
“With the big mirror resting in the net, I was just sorting everything out when the tip whacked round on the other rod and I was in again!
“This time the culprit was a lovely mid-double, and with that one slipped back we brought the ‘River Monster’ ashore so we could do the weighing and photographs.”