The British carp-match and world record has been smashed by arguably the country’s most in-form angler.
Harry Charrington paired up with Alexei Bygrave to land 277 carp for a total weight of 3,132lb 11oz in just 48 hours at Drayton Reservoir in Northamptonshire.
The weight, which eclipses the previous British best of 2,829lb 3oz set at the same venue in June, was more than enough to see the pair win the second Eric’s Carp Championship semi-final.
As we went to press, Harry is still involved in the three biggest carp-match events in the country –UK Carp Cup, BCAC and Eric’s Carp Championship – after an astonishing run of form this summer.
The Fox digital media co-ordinator said: “All the fish came off the surface. We were fishing with controller floats throughout the day and night.
“There was a period between 10pm and midnight on the first night when I don’t think we caught any fish, but when we were catching we were disappointed if we didn’t have four fish on at once.
“We didn’t sleep at all and were on our feet all the time, so it was ridiculously tiring. By the end my feet were swollen, I could barely walk and I had some painful chaffing! Just trying to motivate yourself to keep catching was tough, but when we knew we could break the record that spurred us on. The biggest fish was probably about 17lb and the average was around 11lb.”
Harry’s run of form
UK Carp Cup
May 30: Qualifies in second at Bird’s Green Fishery with 17 fish for 237lb.
July 11: Wins semi-final at Brasenose Two with 32 fish for 436lb 6oz.
June 20: Wins pairs event despite fishing alone at Pool Bridge. Takes 16 fish for 234lb 15oz.
August 1: Semi-final at Barston. Wins despite fishing alone.
Eric’s Carp Championship
June 13: Wins Brasenose Two qualifier with Alexei Bygrave, taking 61 fish for 995lb 5oz.
July 26: Wins semi-final with new British record weight at Drayton Reservoir.