65 lb 12 oz carp from ‘lake of dreams’ looks on course for official UK record

THE third biggest known carp in the country, caught recently at a whopping 65 lb 12 oz, is predicted to one day become a new officially-recognised British record.

Ian Bailey with the Grenville Lake giant at 65 lb 12 oz.

Ian Bailey banked the giant from Cambridgeshire’s Grenville Lake to set a new lake record.

Only the carp known as Captain Jack and Marshall’s, stocked in Holme Fen, in the same county, are known to be bigger.

However, Captain Jack has already been rejected as a British record, despite having been caught at a weight of over the official 68 lb 1 oz best.

The giant known Marshall’s, which lives in the same lake at Holme Fen, has come out at weights to 71 lb. The captor of the fish at that immense weight, Ian Bailey, quickly decided not to attempt a record claim.

The current British record carp, The Parrot, died in 2017 at Berkshire’s Wasing Estate, so now it looks as if this Grenville Lake fish is favourite to take the British crown within the next two or three years.

Korda account manager Ian’s giant is known as ‘Green 124’, a reference to the way in which the original stockings were recorded.

It has gained 1 lb 4 oz in weight since Bernard Sisson caught it in June.

Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk-based Ian, 33, said: “I presented Mainline Cell Cork Dust Pop-ups over 8 kg of Cell boilies in a silty channel between weedbeds at 110 yards.”

Ian’s terminal tackle included size 6 Kamakura Choddy hooks, 3 in. 25 lb Mouthtrap hook links, 10 in. 25 lb Dark Matter booms and 3 oz leads. He also caught a 35 lb 3 oz specimen in the same session at Grenville.

Grenville tipped for even bigger

Previous captor Bernard said: “I think this fish will smash the British record, and there are two others that will also beat the record.

“Grenville is unique, in that there are photos of every fish that have been stocked, which are all colour-coded to the year of the stocking.”

Boss Paul Ward said: “We have had 150 fish above 30 lb in the past 12 weeks, including 44 40s, two 50s and this 60.

“If you catch a fish of over 30lb, there’s a one-in-three chance it will be a forty.”

Mainline Baits consultant Paul Bennett said: “It is the lake of dreams.

“It will not be long now before a ’70’ graces the banks of Grenville.”

Grenville Lake has an astonishing 98 40 lb-plus carp in its 72 acres, including a back-up fish of 61 lb 13 oz and seven 50s.

It was first stocked in 2003 with 100 Fishers Pond carp averaging 10 lb. In total, Grenville has an estimated 1,000 carp.

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