Is this a picture of the new UK record crucian carp?
That’s the question being asked after the capture of this giant specimen which tipped the scales at 4lb 14oz.
It was caught by big fish angler Howard Reeve during a carp and tench fishing session at Borwick Lakes Fishery in Lancashire.
The current British best stands at 4lb 9oz and is jointly held by Phil Smith, Joshua Blavins and Angling Times’ Martin Bowler and the fact that each of their captures were made at fisheries in the South makes 32-year-old’scatch even more remarkable.
David Hayes is a bailiff at the venue that produced the huge fish that was tempted on a legered corn hookbait and he told Angling Times: “It’s great for us being a northern venue that fish like this can be caught here, but it’s impossible to say whether it’s a true crucian or not without scientific help.”
Those sentiments were echoed by the captor who was visiting the fishery for the first time after visiting friends in the area.
“I have caught crucians to 2lb before and this one had all the markings of a true specimen, but you don’t normally catch them that big that far up north so I’m not sure whether it was or not, but either way I’m made up with such a cracking fish,” said Howard.
Angling Times columnist Keith Arthur believes that there is a possibility it could be a record after viewing photos of the catch.
“What the fish is doing in Lancashire is anyone’s guess, but don’t be fooled into thinking they grow bigger in the south as Scandinavia produces some massive crucians, especially Sweden and that’s hardly tropical,” he said.
How to identify a true crucian carp
1: Check there is no trace of barbules around the small mouth, which slopes up slightly to the front when shut. The crucian has the typical bottom feeding cyprinid protrusile mouth.
2: count the number of scales along the lateral line (the dark line running along the centre of the fish) there should be between 32 and 34 scales.
3: Extend the caudal (tail) fin. It should be almost straight or only slightly forked while the dorsal fin should be large and convex in shape.
4: The body should be deep and flattish rather than torpedo-shaped, more like a bream than a chub.
5: The anal fin of a true crucian consists of 6 or 7 soft rays above the hard, spiny ray. Note that the last one is split at the base and is easy to miscount as two.
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