Bury St Edmunds fisherman lands carp on birthday trip – which could be a British record

Nigel Ludbrook with the potentially record-breaking carp. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Nigel Ludbrook with the potentially record-breaking carp. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

A 50th birthday fishing trip ended in a Bury St Edmunds man landing a potentially record-breaking carp.

Nigel Ludbrook, of Fornham Road, and his friend Richard Read both celebrate their half-century milestones this year and decided to take a fishing trip to Holme Fen Fishery in Cambridgeshire on Wednesday, October 18.

Nigel said he caught the prize fish – named Captain Jack – 24 hours into the 48-hour fishing session, and the whopper weighed in at 68lbs 8oz.

The carp, which was put back into the water, could be a British record.

“I had an idea when I was reeling it in that it was a big one, but I had no idea just how big,” he said.


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“We put it on the 50lb scales at first but luckily, I had some 120lb scales we could put him on.

“There is a procedure to see if it is a record, including having the scales calibrated, so I’m not sure how long it will take to find out.”

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