World record carp lake gives up 80lb fish to Ed Matthews

The once-secretive Euro Aqua in Hungary has opened its doors to British anglers in recent weeks and Ed Matthews took full advantage to bank this 80lb 12oz mirror.

The Korum-backed angler travelled to the home of the world record carp and caught the specimen along with another of 41lb.

Recalling the moment, he said: “Not only was it a massive fish it was stunning and looked like it could grow much bigger. It was great to share the moment with mates and then back she went. It then all sunk in; I'd done it, a fish of a lifetime! This one will take some beating, but I'll enjoy trying.”

Ed used an Avid Pin Down hooklink tied to a size 4 Avid longshank hook fished blowback style.