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   What do you class as a big fish ?
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   Old Thread  #73 10 Jan 2019 at 10.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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over the years my own goals have change. early/mid 90's i was starting to target carp more and more , and as teenagers were just happy to fish for any sized carp. it was more about the lakes we fished and the different methods we could use.

then after a few years e sought out the bigger ones - mainly 20's was as big as we realistically had access to. better gear better bait and of course we got better at it. we then got our cars and started to go our sperate ways a couple of us started to look at the circuit waters and being able to driver furthr a field put some awesome lakes and carp in reach. over the coming years i fished some epic lakes, yateley, horton, withypool, tol pits, mere etc and caught the fish of m y dreams. years later the buzz of chasing these sought after carp and the effort required saw my enthusism waine.

so here i am the other side. ive had 3 years away and now finally im ready to go again. now im getting excited to fish for the sheer enjoyment of fishing for carp. no pressure from sponsors or myself. no dreading the next text saying its been it or some one is on your spot mate and there showing!

so what is a big carp in my eyes? i dont know 20lb 30lb 40lb? i think its the one that gets you excited the most, the one on your phone that you look at every day and the one thats gets you out of bed like a coiled spring at 3am!!

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   Old Thread  #72 10 Jan 2019 at 10.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The weight thing is irrelevant nowadays, that all disappeared years back. Commercials have umpteen 40's in them now, the magic is lost.

Get on your toes and explore, plenty left to find. I'll take a Thames (or any river, drain caught) 20 over a circuit (circus) 40 munter called Doris any day of the week.

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   Old Thread  #71 7 Jan 2019 at 3.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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oh to live in the US near that mighty st lawrence river......there are many 40s there at the right time!! And the 20s fight like animals. A uk 30lb carp is a bg fish and a 40lb uk carp should always be highly sought after......anything bigger is dream material (assuming it wasnt stocked at 68lb)
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   Old Thread  #70 6 Jan 2019 at 5.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
if im fishing and I catch more than one fish then I would say that the larger one of the two is a big fish.
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   Old Thread  #69 6 Jan 2019 at 3.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Any fish from a tough low stock UK water is a fish to be cherished regardless of size.
If your at a runs water in France then that'll be 50+... lol.

But don't be fooled into thinking French fish jump onto your mat.... They can be just as hard to catch as a UK fish. There's just more lumps out there to be had though.
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   Old Thread  #68 6 Jan 2019 at 9.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
If itís purely on size, anything over 20lb for me.
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   Old Thread  #67 5 Jan 2019 at 2.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A big fish for me, is when I say ďhurry up FFS!Ē to the photographer
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   Old Thread  #66 4 Jan 2019 at 10.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I like to judge a capture on its merit.

A high double from a low stock gravel pit is a much more significant capture than a 30 from somewhere like Brasenose 2.

The feeling you get when you net a fish and you know you've really worked hard to earn it is something that will never be replicated when fishing some of these carp puddles for 10 fish a day.

Then again, diff'rent stroke for diff'rent folks I guess.
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   Old Thread  #65 4 Jan 2019 at 7.10am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Been carping on and off for the last 30 years , even now i consider a 20+ to be a decent fish, i can honestly say that never really thought about what is a big fish , happy catching anything over the 20 mark and probably always will, yes i have caught much bigger but still love a twenty.
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   Old Thread  #64 3 Jan 2019 at 10.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #63 3 Jan 2019 at 10.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Tony, haven't been on too much recently, but do still look in. I've been very busy this last year with holidays
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   Old Thread  #62 2 Jan 2019 at 9.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
For me a notable capture far outweighs the size.

As Mark eluded to most anglers let alone the Rainbow ones would say a 70 or 80+ is a real big fish and they are, I was fortunate enough last year to land a 78+ from there and I have witnessed far bigger but I treat every trip abroad as a holiday with the carp fishing as a bonus I do not count it as a PB it's a holiday fish from a venue that can spoil you.

I enjoy fishing for big fish of course I do and I think if most were being honest so do they, I've had a few lumps along the way but for me my most notable captures of a carp was in the late 70's at a guess probably around 4 or 5lb that fired my enthusiasm for them and then a capture in the late 90's a UK fish of 27lb, without getting into it it was everything that coincided with that capture that make's it very special to me and far outweighs any other, by the same token I have fond memories of catching all other types of course fish especially those caught by design rather than from behind carp rods.
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   Old Thread  #61 2 Jan 2019 at 8.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Any fish is a big fish.....

Just being fortunate enough to be able to get out and sit with nature is great enough for me as I realise there are no doubt many others who are unable to.

Donít get me wrong I like to catch fish whether it be on the float or on the buzzers but if I donít itís far from the end of the world.
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   Old Thread  #60 1 Jan 2019 at 10.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Spot on as always Mr P nice to see you on here again
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   Old Thread  #59 1 Jan 2019 at 9.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Only one water I fish has anything of 25lb (fish to approx 50). Even if it's from this water, despite fishing this the most, I'll consider a 20 pounder a big fish.
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