The biggest F1 ever recorded has been caught by a carp angler from a Lancashire club water.
David Williams got a huge shock when he netted the colossal 13lb 8oz specimen during a recent carp fishing trip. The fish is considerably bigger than the assumed ceiling weight of F1s, which normally grow to a maximum of about 6lb.
A cross between crucian and common carp, F1s were first farmed 30 years ago to provide year-round sport on the growing commercial match scene.
Simon Hughes, who created the breed, tells Angling Times:
“That is definitely an F1, and by the looks of it it’s one of ours.
“It’s the biggest I’ve heard of, so it’d be a record as far as we’re aware.”
There has never been an official British record for F1s and Simon said the biggest he had previously encountered were around the 9lb-10lb mark.
David (46) caught the new unofficial British best while targeting specimen carp with a 14mm pop-up boilie on a chod rig.
“It gave me a proper scrap,”
said David, who weighed the fish on Reuben Heaton scales.
“When it came in I looked at the lateral line, and then saw no big barbules, and thought it had to be a huge F1.
“My friend had one weighing 10lb 6oz from the same water last winter, so I knew there were a handful of big ones in there.”