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Angler Catches 8 Stone Mega Carp While On Holiday

Angler Catches 8 Stone Mega Carp While On Holiday

An angler managed to nab an absolute fishy monster during a recent holiday.

Martin Davidson, from Leicester, spent two weeks in Hungary attempting to reel in the catch of the day. And boy, did he do that, pulling out an enormous eight-stone (112lbs) mega carp.

Eight stone. Eight.

And as you can imagine, it was no easy feat, with the Brit fisherman revealing that it can often take between 50kg and 100kg of bait to catch one this big.

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Speaking to The Sun about it all, the 54-year-old, who now lives in South Africa, said he couldn't believe it.

He said: "I wasn't fishing for a world record. But I'm quite lucky.

Look at that beast! Credit: Martin Davidson
Look at that beast! Credit: Martin Davidson

"The lake currently boasts a massive head of large carp, estimated at more than 120 fish over 70 lbs.

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"I had two weeks of non-stop fishing in every conceivable weather condition and 60km winds."

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But let's face it, this is nothing to the scaly siren that John Harvey pulled out of the waters of Thailand last year.

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The 42-year-old's catch weighed in at a whopping 232lbs, or 16-and-a-half stone, or 105kg... or one really big bloke.

John, from Westleigh, Devon, spent 80 minutes reeling in the beast, breaking the previous world record set for a Siamese carp by 10lbs.

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Not quite as big that this one, though. Credit: John Harvey
Not quite as big that this one, though. Credit: John Harvey

So now is surely the time for Mr Harvey to get 'Carp Diem' tattooed on his casting arm, right?

John, who has lived in Thailand for the past 14 years, said he immediately knew it was a big one as he fished at Palm Tree Lagoon in Chedi Hak last month, adding that the pictures do not truly convey the sheer size of it.

Speaking to Devon Live, he said: "It was a reasonably quiet day for fishing. Then, at around 4.30pm the cart rod screened off so I ran over to the rod, and straight away felt it was a really big fish. I've done fishing for a while now and you can tell if it's big or not from the bait.

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"It was very slow, hard, heavy fish. I had to hang on to it for one hour 20 minutes which was pretty nerve-racking. It might seem a while but sometimes it can be four or five hours stood there holding the rod.

"It was amazing. I've never caught a carp that weighed over 100lbs before. It was absolutely enormous, the pictures do not do it justice at all."

Featured Image Credit: Martin Davidson

Topics: England, Sports, sport news

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]