Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)
| Fact File: British Record 39lb 2oz (17.747kg)|
Captor: Mr Kevin Ballard
Location: Horton Church Lake, Slough, Berks
Year: 19th June 2002
The Grass Carp also known as White Amur, was originally introduced into the UK from China for the purpose of controlling aquatic plants of which it can consume in large quantities. It has a long, mildly flat sided body covered with large scales, colouring similar to but lighter than the Wild Carp, with a golden lustre. The Grass Carp can grow over 1metre in length and reach weights in excess of 30kg. It can occasionally be found in ponds, lakes and medium to slow flowing rivers.
Kevin presented a Nutrabaits cranberry Big Fish Mix boilie on a stiff hinged pop-up rig over a bed of Dynamite Baits Frenzied Hemp and crushed tigers and beat the fish on 12lb Daiwa Sensor line.
Methods of Capture. The Grass Carp is not usually fished for as a targeted species but is often caught accidentally when fishing for others.
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