World Record Carp Landed in Thailand
At Fishing Bait World Blog we've recently highlighted some of the record carp specimens which have been landed in British waters. However, if you want to grapple with a veritable monster then it seems you must head to Thailand! Last month angler Tim Webb spent 90 minutes battling with a really serious specimen. But the fish turned out to be well worth the trouble when it weighed in at 222lb and set a new world record.
The Siamese carp was lured with bait of bread and rice and was caught at a lake in Ban Pong. Siamese Carp are the largest carp species. Nonetheless, it is astonishing that this specimen managed to beat the previous world record, held by British Angler Andy Harman, by as much as 70lbs. Tim Webb needed the help of two other men to hold the fish for the obligatory photograph. The fish is more than three times the size of the largest carp ever caught in Britain.
See the Angling Times breaking the news in a tweet below:
This is one of the world's biggest Siamese carp - snared on the Method feeder by Tim Webb and weighing a massive 222lb!
— Angling Times (@angling_times)
The fish was landed at a fishing lake and so would normally have been returned to the water. But Tim Webb had other ideas. Although originally from Crawley, West Sussex, Webb now lives in Thailand and is the owner of Palm Tree Lagoon Fisheries. This is located just 25 miles from where he landed the record fish. He decided that his catch would be a great feature for his own lake and so purchased the specimen. The price has not been disclosed but is thought to have been several thousand pounds.
Transporting the Monster Catch
Webb placed a tarpaulin into the back of his truck and filled it with water. It took six people to lift the fish into the vehicle. The fish was then wrapped in a wet blanket and taken to Webb’s lake which welcomes thousands of British anglers every year. His new resident will almost certainly prove to be good for business. The fishery is located in Ratchaburi and visiting anglers can attempt to land Arapima, Chao Phraya, Redtail Catfish and Mekong Catfish. Indeed, there are over 30 different species in the lake.
The lake covers just three acres but holds specimens weighing up to 226kg. You would need a crane to land those!
There is a no catch no fee policy at Palm Tree Lagoon so if you strike out for the day then you don’t have to pay.
Mr Webb will not be submitting the details of his catch to the International Game Fish Association as they do not accept records from stocked waters.
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