CARP fans are in mourning as news filtered out over the weekend (August 14/15, 2010) about British record carp Two Tone having been found dead.

The famous mirror lived in Mid-Kent Fisheries’ Conningbrook  venue, having been stocked into the lake at 12 lb in 1982. After a hard winter followed by a tough spring, when the fish’s body was found by the venue manager there wasn’t a blemish on it – no scars, ulcers or damage.

Conningbrook is a tricky season ticket water where  carpers are vetted before being allowed to fish. Many bank hours, nights and days were spent by the hardcore specialist anglers who dedicated their fishing to the lake.

Two Tone – so named for its distinct “half and half” coloration – finally overtook Wraysbury’s Mary at Britain’s heaviest carp in 2001, when it came through at 59 lb 7 oz. That cemented its place in angling history – but it was just the start of the story…

The mega mirror held on for throughout the “Noughties”, with eight captors claiming official new highs. Two Tone still reigns at 67 lb 8 oz. It has been widely reported at 67 lb 14 oz … but scales checks dropped it by 6 oz.

Angler’s Mail magazine salutes Two Tone. Rest in peace, you “Best of British” superstar!

Here are Two Tone’s captures at British record weights:

RIP Two Tone, the legendary huge British mirror carp.

2001 –  59 lb 7 oz – Terry Glebioska

2001 – 59 lb 12 oz – Mark Toland

2001 –  61 lb – Gary Bayes

2002 – 61 lb 7 oz – Lee Jackson

2004 – 64 lb 5 oz – John Pack

2005 – 64 lb 14 oz – Simon Bater

2008 – 67 lb – John Bird

2008 – 67 lb 8 oz – Austin Oz Holness

A VERY SPECIAL TRIBUTE piece appeared in Angler’s Mail magazine.

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Further reading…

  • Read our Two Tone reporter’s blog, with special Two Tone links HERE
  • Read our exclusive account of when Two Tone was caught by Oz Holness at a UK record weight, click HERE
  • Read about another giant carp, The Black Mirror, that died soon after Two Tone HERE

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