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British record Carp – How things have moved on.

Posted by Shaun Harrison on 24 November 2011 |

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Albert Buckleys record

Albert Buckley's record carp

Since posting a picture of Albert Buckley’s record carp from Mapperley Reservoir on my Facebook page I have spent a fair bit of time thinking about this – particularly the comments regarding the fish being killed.

I don’t think a lot of the younger anglers realise how relatively new the situation of returning big fish is. I guess most would be surprised if I pointed out that the first record carp to be returned alive to the water here in the U.K. was Chris Yates 51lb 8oz fish in 1980 (that wasn’t accepted as a record for some time as it had been returned). Not long ago is it?

The previous record – the magnificent ‘Clarrisa’ or ‘Ravioli’ which was Richard Walker’s name for his fish was never returned to Redmire but put into an aquarium at London Zoo. Not a nice situation for a 44lb common that lead a charmed life growing in the rich tranquil surroundings of Bernithan Court (Redmire). Clarrisa was around 26lb by the time she died.

The previous record of 31lb 8oz by Bob Richards (the second angler to catch 2 x 30′s) was gaffed and set up.

I was fishing waters in the 70′s and the 80′s where it would be printed on your ticket the size of the fish you were allowed to take away – in fact it used to be on the rod licence too.

This is all part of our angling history and shows just how much has been achieved in regards to anglers looking after their quarry in more recent times and the fact that people are upset by fish being set-up is great.

It isn’t so long ago when told of decent pike getting caught my first question was always ‘Was it returned’? Yet these days it hardly enters our heads that they might not have been.

Onwards and upwards.

About the Author: Shaun Harrison

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Quest Baits boss Shaun Harrison has put over 40 years of experience into developing his range of carp baits ” This bait range is the culmination of the bait knowledge I’ve gained throughout my carp fishing career, a journey which started in the 1970’s. It has truly been a long and winding road – frustrating at times, fascinating and rewarding at others….. Our range you’ll only find proven baits, the ones I use myself 

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