ANGLER’S MAIL can reveal that ex-pat Martin Davidson caught the biggest carp ever to a British angler – a mirror of 112 lb 8 oz – and another whopper of 101 lb.
Martin, originally from Leicester, but now living in South Africa, caught the World’s biggest carp. He also notched up other incredible giants from Hungary wonder water Euro-Aqua last year.
The incredible catch came weeks before Covid-19 even made world news, let alone the pandemic and lockdown which suspended most international travel to angling venues.
His historic captures have only just come to light, but Martin explained all to Angler’s Mail.
His biggest mirror is the same hulk that is the World’s biggest carp title.
Its 112 lb 14 oz peak weight came when caught by Dutchman Michel Schoenmakers in 2018.
How Brit caught World’s biggest carp
Martin told Angler’s Mail: “The lake (Euro-Aqua) currently boasts a massive head of large carp, estimated at more than 120 fish of over 70 lb, 20 of which are above 90 lb and 9-11 of over 100 lb.
“I have seen fish in excess of 120 lb in the private, non-fishing area called the Sanctuary.
“I had the usual level of excitement and expectation on my seventh trip to Euro-Aqua, with my son, Sam, but what was to unfold was way beyond my wildest dreams.
“I had two weeks of non-stop fishing in every conceivable weather condition, from hot, sunny days to blizzards and 60 km winds.
“I landed nine fish of over 50 lb, four 60s, three 70s, an 87 lb mirror, a stunning 88 lb common and also the World record mirror, which was slightly down in weight, at 112 lb 8 oz.
“I returned and had another good hit, topped by a 101 lb mirror.
“It would be fair to make an assumption that Euro-Aqua is an easy water, but it’s not.
“Most new anglers on Euro-Aqua have a lack of understanding of how much baiting is needed at the beginning and during a session.
“It can result in a lot of anglers not catching the fish that they came to Euro-Aqua for.
“It is commonplace to feed 20 kg of boilies, 100 kg of hemp and 50 kg of mixed seed per day, even twice a day, to keep massive shoals of fish in your swim.
“With a big head of carp and 200 lb-plus catfish, this amount of bait doesn’t last very long, and the fish will move off,” concluded Martin.
Top 10 carp by UK anglers
112 lb 8 oz mirror Martin Davidson Euro-Aqua 2019
105 lb 14 oz mirror Ian Burton Euro-Aqua 2019
104 lb 2 oz mirror Stephen Weir Euro-Aqua 2015
102 lb mirror Luke Vanes Euro-Aqua 2018
101 lb 8 oz mirror Warren Harrison Euro-Aqua 2017
101 lb 6 oz common Terry Harbert Lake Serene 2019
101 lb mirror Martin Davidson Euro-Aqua 2019
100 lb 8 oz common Colin Smith Etang La Saussaie 2013
99 lb 14 oz common Alan Munns Etang la Saussaie 2013
99 lb 12 oz common John Thorpe Etang La Saussaie 2013
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