Day-ticket fish eclipses British-record carp

Day-ticket fish eclipses British-record carp

A giant mirror carp has been caught at a weight above the official British record.

The fish, known as Captain Jack, has been banked at Holme Fen Fishery in Cambridgeshire at an astonishing weight of 68lb 5oz.

However, the captor, known only as Bill, does not wish to claim the record. 

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 Captain Jack at 68lb 5oz. The captor wishes to remain anonymous

Captain Jack at 68lb 5oz. The captor wishes to remain anonymous

Premium Carp Fishing, which runs the open-access venue, said the angler caught the fish just five hours into his session on Meadows Lake last week. It was his only fish of the trip.

Mike Hawes, who stocked the lake, told Carpfeed: "It was weighed on two sets of scales at 68lb 6oz and 68lb 5oz, but the guy who caught it doesn't want to be named and doesn't want to claim it.

"I can't say I blame him. We haven't prompted him to that, he's just not interested in the hype and the crap that comes with it."

 The sheer size of the fish is clearly evident in this pic

The sheer size of the fish is clearly evident in this pic

Mike added: "It is [an achievement] from our point of view, but so much has gone on about it [recent record claims] because a small percentage of the angling fraternity don't like it.

"Most anglers couldn't give a monkey's cuss about it, to be fair.

"I don't really know how I feel about it. I'd be quite happy if he was to claim it, or if he doesn't."

The current official British record stands at 68lb 1oz after Dean Fletcher's capture of the now-deceased Parrot from Wasing in Berkshire in January 2016.

Big Rig, another fish that has now died, had topped that weight and even went beyond 70lb but the RH Fisheries Avenue resident was denied an official record due to the high weight at which it was stocked.     

Captain Jack is of the same Israeli strain as Big Rig and had not been caught all year until it was captured about a month ago and bottomed out a set of 65lb scales.

"I do think it could go bigger," said Mike.

 Zack Barrett was the first man to catch Captain Jack at over 60lb last spring

Zack Barrett was the first man to catch Captain Jack at over 60lb last spring