Terry Hearn has banked 'The Parrot', the current official British record-holding carp.
Iconic carper Terry was fishing the Wasing Estate in Berkshire when he captured the fish at a weight of 63lb last week, on the back of Storm Doris. He was the talk of the carp angling world once again, following a long campaign on the venue which started in September 2015.
He has taken a staggering 176 carp from the lake in that time, before he finally struck gold with his target fish when he returned to the water after a prolonged winter break.
"I was in bits, I knew 100% what I had on and it was thrashing about on the surface, shaking it’s head from side to side. It was proper heart in the mouth stuff, but the next time it settled down I took another step or two out into the lake, pushed the net deep down beneath it and lifted…YES, YES, he was mine!" said Terry.
'The Parrot' holds the current British record of 68lb 1oz, taken by Dean Fletcher in January 2016.
For the full story of Terry's capture of the famous specimen and more pictures, see the March 7 edition of Angling Times.