Roofer catches ‘Britain’s biggest carp’ weighing 75lb but ‘won’t claim record’

A roofer has caught Britain's biggest carp, however may not claim the record over a controversy and fears of death threats.

Wayne Mansford, 38, caught the huge fish which weighed 75lb – 7lb more than the existing record, however he's scared of backlash by angling purists, reports Mail Online.

The traditionalist view maintains the record should include "wild" fish that is not imported, and has spent years growing to its weight.

But the carp Mr Mansford has caught is an imported specimen which was put into the lake when it weighed 15lb years ago.

In 2016, Tom Doherty received death threats after attempting to claim the record for a 70lb mirror carp.

The carp was imported from Israel, and angered anglers – Mr Mansford wants to avoid the controversy.

He said: "I have already received a lot of negative feedback from some people.

"At the end of the day a carp is a carp to me. I'm in a great place knowing what I have achieved but I know previously people have gone as far as receiving death threats.

"It could be a British record but I just don't know whether I want to go through all the controversy.

"People get very angry about imported fish and I think a lot of it is probably just jealousy.

"All carps are imported at some point but I'll have some discussions with people and see what we decide.

Mr Mansford has nicknamed the carp Marshall, which he caught at Holme Fen Fishery in Cambridgeshire.

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It took the angler ten minutes to reel it in, and returned the fish to the water after taking pictures and weighing it.

He said: "The fight took around ten minutes and it wasn't until I tried to lift it that I realised how heavy it was.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw what was on the scales – I even let out a scream and checked I wasn't being tricked by the scales.

"It's an amazing carp and I celebrated with a hot cross bun and a cup of tea at the end of the day."

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