Former British record holder Terry Hearn has this morning caught the current record carp at exactly 63lb.
The giant mirror, known as the Parrot, came from Cranwells Lake on the Wasing Estate in Berkshire during strong winds.
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Its top weight of 68lb 1oz is the current official British record carp.
Mark Hibbs, the fishery manager at Wasing, told Angling Times: “It was last caught in September, so he’s been a while. He’s obviously been laying up as he was covered in leeches, but he was in absolutely pristine condition.
“I was praying he would catch that fish. He’s such a nice chap, you couldn’t wish to meet a better person. It’s all come together for him and it was howling with wind and rain as he landed it – perfect conditions.
“He’s over the moon with it. Obviously it’s not a record but it’s a new personal best."