THE BIGGEST ever carp landed by a female angler has been caught by Lizette Beunders in the form of this 84lb 5oz mirror from Abbey Lakes in France.
The Dutch angler landed the fishery’s biggest resident, known as Shoulders, during a session on Heron Lake which also saw her land four other carp to 50lb and a 27lb 5oz sturgeon.
Her successful tactics consisted of an 18mm Mainline Baits Cell boilie hookbait offered on a 7ins 25lb Fox Coretex hooklink and a size 6 Kuro S4 XS hooks with a Fox Line Aligna Adaptor pushed over the eye. This was cast out with a PVA bag filled with pellets over a bed of groundbait, chick peas, crushed hemp, sweetcorn and halibut pellets.
Lizette said: “On the last night of the session my alarm burst in to life once again. The fish was clearly not in the mood to be caught and did everything in its power to get rid of the hook. My partner Bianca eventually netted it for me and in the moonlight we could make out the contours of the fish but I still couldn’t believe that I’d caught shoulders. We celebrated this amazing catch with a good bottle of champagne and the next morning I was informed that it was a new world record carp for a lady - incredible!”
Lizette’s catch beats the previous record which was held by British angler Jo Green who caught The Brown Fish from Les Graviers at 84lb in May this year.