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THE second biggest carp in the world – and the largest living one – was caught by West Midlands angler Scott Phillips – and the fish was back at her top weight of 99 lb.
Wednesbury-based Scott tempted the massive mirror called The Scar Fish from Le Graviers in Dijon, France.
The fish really came to global fame when Ambrose Smith caught her a World record at 99 lb in 2010, and days later John Bryan landed it at the same weight. But the monster has fluctuated from 89 lb to 96 lb since then.
Now many anglers believe the Scar Fish could overtake the current world record, caught from Hungary in June, 2012. Austrian angler Roman Hanke caught the first carp over 100 lb at 101 lb 4 oz from the incredible Euro Aqua lake.
Scott’s 99 lb capture fell to a Trent Baits Freshwater Shrimp boilie on a lead clip set-up.
He told Angler’s Mail magazine: “On Thursday night around 10.30pm I received a screaming take on my rod, jumping straight in to the boat I was soon in direct contact with the fish.
“After around 25 minutes of being towed around the lake the fish finally gave a indication on the surface that it was ready for netting.
“I knew that it was going to be a good fish but I wasn’t prepared for what I saw when I flicked my head torch on for the first time, I netted it as quickly as possible.
“At first I thought it was the Brown Fish because of the size, but then on closer inspection I could clearly see the distinctive scar that runs around its body.
“At that point I felt like I had just won the lottery. After a few photos she was soon released back into her home,’ he concluded.
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