83lb 4oz British carp banked from Wingham in Kent

83lb 4oz British carp banked from Wingham in Kent

A carp has obliterated the British record by more than 15lb, though it won't be claimed.

The 83lb 4oz mirror, which was heavily spawnbound, was caught from the Carp Lake on the exclusive Wingham syndicate in Kent.

 Wingham's Big Plated at a huge 83lb 4oz

Wingham's Big Plated at a huge 83lb 4oz

Fishery boss Steve Burke told carpfeed.com: "The fish appears spawnbound.  As a result the captor doesn't wish to be named and will not be claiming the record.

"This is the rarely caught Big Plated that was supplied by renowned fish breeder Ken Crow as a three-year-old at a weight of 10lb.  Her heaviest recorded weight was 52lb in the spring of last year.

"I didn't allow the captor to lift the fish for a photo.  However, a picture was taken with him kneeling behind the fish.  This won't be released as he doesn't want publicity.  She swam off very strongly and hopefully someone will catch her again without spawn."

"I'm often asked about whether the Carp Lake or Main Lake is the more likely to produce a record carp. 

"My answer has always been the Main Lake as I've deliberately allowed very little pressure at all there until recently, and as the old saying goes 'big fish thrive on neglect'. 

"The carp in the mysterious Main Lake are typically about three years younger than those in the Carp Lake and have already nearly caught them up."

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 The Big Plated at 49lb 6oz in November 2014

The Big Plated at 49lb 6oz in November 2014

The current official British record is Dean Fletcher’s capture of the now-deceased Parrot from Wasing at 68lb 1oz.

Another big mirror, Captain Jack from Holme Fen, was caught last month at a claimed 68lb 8oz, but an initial scales check seems to suggest it was 68lb.

THE HISTORY OF THE FISH

The fish, known as the Big Plated, was stocked at three years old weighing just 10lb.

It was caught in the summer of 2000 at 23lb.

 The same fish at 23lb in summer 2000 (Photo: winghamfisheries.co.uk)

The same fish at 23lb in summer 2000 (Photo: winghamfisheries.co.uk)

The fish was caught at 44lb in 2012, then evaded capture for two years before Rob Burrage banked it at 49lb 6oz in November 2014.

In May 2016 it was caught by Andy Matthews at 52lb.

 The Big Plated's previous top weight was 52lb

The Big Plated's previous top weight was 52lb