NEIL STEPHEN clung on to his perch crown, but the British Record Fish Committee did accept some records last week in their twice-yearly meeting.

The bream record went past the 20 lb barrier for the first time with a 20 lb 1 oz slab to Simon Lavin from Oxfordshire’s Stoneacres Lake. The fish was sadly found dead a few weeks later.

And Dr Joshua Blavins had his crucian carp record accepted of 4 lb 9 oz Verulam AC’s Moor Mill Pits near St. Albans in Hertfordshire. It will be listed as an equal best with ace all-rounder Martin Bowler (pictured).

Martin’s was originally on the list 9 dr heavier after precise official scales checks but got rounded down in a review. And after scales tests put Josh slightly below its original 4 lb 10 oz, both now end up at the same listed weight.

With many scales weighing in half ounces, at best, more often 1 oz, it seems likely many more future claims will go down.

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