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AN ENGLISH carp angler has beaten the World tench record with this 15 lb 4 oz beauty.

Jay Gardiner Jnr caught this whopping specimen during a very productive week at Laroussi in France along with his dad Jay.

Ashford, Kent-based Jay would have toppled the British record if he’d caught it locally as our national best is 15 lb 3 oz 6 dr caught by Darren Ward back in June 2001 from Sheepwalk Lake near Shepperton, Middlesex.

Pal Brett Ades told Angler’s Mail magazine: “It was just a yearly trip to France and it smashed his old PB which was around 5 lb.

“They hauled with the carp too and they had 52 fish between then including two 50s, five 40s and 12 30s plus 16 grass carp including four fish around the 40 lb mark and one 50-pounder.”

The 18-year-old apprentice for a housing development company used a Mainline Hybrid boilie fished over bed of hemp, maggot and corn.

The same fish was caught at Laroussi back in 2011 at 15 lb 3 oz to another English angler Janet Johnson which set a then French record.

Angler’s Mail columnist Gary Newman, captor of tincas to 14 lb 4 oz himself, said: “I have never fished for tench in France myself but am aware that it does produce some big fish, certainly every bit as big as what we get in the UK, so this doesn’t come as a complete surprise to me.

“It would seem that the venue also has form for producing tench of this size.”

 

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