"Big Rig might be gone but I’m going to grow another record carp."
So says RH Fisheries boss Rob Hales, who has vowed to hand grow another carp to beat the current British record of 68lb 1oz.
This follows the recent death after spawning of his controversial giant named Big Rig after at the Avenue Fishery in Shropshire.
The fish weighed 71lb at its biggest and was never ratified by the British Record Fish Committee as an official record because it had been ‘grown under an artificial feeding regime to a weight close to or exceeding the species record'.
Rob has now revealed he’s already planning to select a 40lb-plus Avenue carp, remove it from the fishery, introduce it to one of his growing-on reservoirs where he will hand-feed it a diet of high-quality boilies and pellets.
“I’m looking for a 40lb fish that’s still putting on around 6lb a year that’s got the potential to the grow to the sizes that Big Rig attained,” said Rob.
“There’s no reason to be put off by the fact that Big Rig has passed away because she died of natural causes and I know I can grow another fish on using the exact same method as before.
“Some people might not agree with what I do, but big fish is what people want so I’m giving anglers exactly what they want.
“I obviously have to speak to syndicate members about my plans for the fishery, but I’m looking to do some netting in the winter and hopefully this is when I’m going to pick the fish that I will do my best to get to around the 60lb barrier within two years.”