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THE capture of a 52 lb 8 oz mirror carp signals a steady equalising in where the nation’s whackers are based.

The southern third of the country long hogged the headlines but Les Marsh’s new Yorkshire record mirror carp has shone the spotlight on the north.

When British Carp Study Group member Richard Seal bagged a stunning Cheshire county record common of 52 lb 1 oz last August, it turned heads.

But a 46 lb 1 oz Lancashire record last month to Paul ‘Duzzer’ Dundon at Pendle View, and now the Yorkshire record going, means carpers in northern counties have seriously big fish to shout about.

With the exception Kevin Nash’s awesome private Essex venue bursting into the public eye, many of the famous old 50 lb-plus whackers in the south have steadily died. This change leaves the most even geographical spread ever of where the known big carp of England now swim.

The Yorkshire 52 lb 8 oz mirror was reward for Les, who has regularly made the pilgrimage south in search of giants. He found glory this time at Eric’s Angling Centre’s Willows syndicate, an hour away from his Guisborough, Cleveland, home.

For the full story and picture, grab a copy of this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.