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THE Wasing Estate in Berkshire continues to knock on the door for the British carp record. Its resident big ‘un The Parrot was banked at a new top weight in 2014 – a mega 64 lb 10 oz for Bernie Loftus after a 50 day-plus campaign.
Carping veteran, Bernie, from Hook, Hampshire, has been in fine form having banked the big common carp from the same the venue at 46 lb 14 oz the week earlier.
The mighty mirror continues towards the British record held by Oz Holness who caught the mighty Two Tone from Mid Kent Fisheries Conningbrook at 67 lb 8 oz in 2008.
But a lack of boilies going in the water might stop the record weight going, according to Bernie.
Bernie told Angler’s Mail magazine: “I joined back in August and have fished in pretty hard since.
“I have been baiting quite heavily with tailor-made Choco-Mino boilies getting through well over 100 kilos of bait.
“Many of the anglers fishing Wasing use bait boats and probably don’t feed more than half a kilo of bait.
“If they were a bit more positive I think The Parrot would pile the weight on and probably start truly challenging the record.
“There are still a few fish that I wouldn’t mind catching so I intend to stay on here for a while.”
Wasing Estate fishery manager Mark Hibbs said: “It’s a young fish and come February I fancy it will raise a few eyebrows with its weight.
“Wasing isn’t just about The Parrot as there are some four plus 40 lb common carp, plenty of back-up fish all set in some of the best countryside the UK has to offer.
“We have a turnover of members but I would say those that apply would be looking at the minimum of seven years having served time on our other waters before getting a chance of the big ‘un.”
The Parrot’s previous best weight was recorded in the spring of 2014 at 64 lb 2 oz when Matt Bryant landed the massive mirror for the SIXTH time.
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