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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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   Old Thread  #58 1 Jan 2019 at 9.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very well put
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   Old Thread  #57 1 Jan 2019 at 8.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A big fish is, a fish that is above average for the water you are fishing at the time,

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   Old Thread  #56 30 Dec 2018 at 9.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Relative is the word
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   Old Thread  #55 30 Dec 2018 at 5.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Very lake dependent for me. On my syndicate a 25 plus is a good fish but a 30 plus a big gun on a small club lake I fished a few years ago with not many carp a double was a real big un. My satisfaction from achievements is based on different lakes I could be shouting and fist pumping over a 30 or equally just as happy with a double on another lake
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   Old Thread  #54 30 Dec 2018 at 5.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Of course you are right, it does depend where you fish mate. A Rainbow angler probably looks at what I consider a big fish and laughs, because to them a biggun would be 70, or 80+.

It's all relative.

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   Old Thread  #53 30 Dec 2018 at 4.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've enjoyed reading the replies to this.
My UK fishing, from the 1960s to the 90s made me believe a twenty matters and a thirty was a big one. Since I moved to the US I became aware it's different now.

in the US (North Carolina) I still fish for twenties, and a Thirty (uncaught they are) is a treasure.

On my France week, I target a fifty....

Depends where you fish, eh?
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   Old Thread  #52 30 Dec 2018 at 0.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I don't get all this number hunting my pb is bigger than yours ********.I go fishing for different species and just enjoy my time whilst I'm there.My two favourite carp captures are nowhere near my biggest fish one was a fully scaled around 15lb and the other a mirror from a water i now believe is being destroyed by otters from what I'm told.
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   Old Thread  #51 29 Dec 2018 at 10.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Strange you say that; I still count a 28lb Mirror from the river as a pb, although it is not my largest fish.

I have honestly lost count of how many 20's I have caught, some I can only remember from pictures, yet a few I can remember every little detail. My largest fish was caught in December, on the 6th, and weighed over 30lb.

Sure I would love to beat that, but don't think it be be in a hurry, and if the carp god puts a fish bigger than that my way, I'll be happy.



I think the advent of magazines and latterly social media made it 'biggest is best', and carp fishing and the record carp, like the catfish has become a joke.

In the meantime I have a new untapped and unpublicised water to fish as well as Nazeing, and some big pike and roach to go for.

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   Old Thread  #50 29 Dec 2018 at 9.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nothing beats a challenge that you,and only you have set,that's what it's all about,extending yourself and any goal you have set...
My only goal's are to enjoy myself sounds like that's what your already achieving..and those fish pics look great..


I'm off perching tomorrow,then day after carping...lol...mix it up..👌


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   Old Thread  #49 29 Dec 2018 at 8.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What you say

Only ONE person you need to satisfy mate and thatís yourself
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   Old Thread  #48 29 Dec 2018 at 8.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i agree with parts of the posts lads and can see your point of view

But Iím youngish ( early 30s ) donít use Facebook never have. Donít have any social media. But I still Carp fish to catch target fish and set myself goals. I like a good challenge.

Some young lads around by me dedicated to fishing and never publish anything. Really good young anglers who just have a passion for carp fishing.

I night fish almost always alone as I go to catch and to relax. I think thereís a side to us all that wants to catch better sized fish itís just human nature and exciting.
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   Old Thread  #47 29 Dec 2018 at 8.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Any carp irrelevant of size is acceptable to me 👍👌
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   Old Thread  #46 29 Dec 2018 at 8.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Excellent post,yes...

I do a 'bit' of wild camping or stealth stuff,nothing serious,I just enjoy it,anyway,I watch the youtube stuff for hints and tips on quick release knots ,and wet weather fire starting and so on..

What was a simple,back to basics hobby,...it's gone the same way as fishing,they all want to be famous,and so on..

So its quite correct what everyone says about social media...I like it,but I also hate it...weird eh...!!


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   Old Thread  #45 29 Dec 2018 at 8.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thereís a lot of truth in what you say mate, as always

Iíve been around carpfishing circles to know that 95% of anglers are legering 3 x bought baits and time is the biggest asset by far, thereís not much skill in lobbing 3 x 3oz baited rigs out and blasting them with a scattering of bait and sitting it out

From a carpfishing perspective though when you slip the net under a fish that you have been wanting and chasing it for a while, that feeling takes some beating, just seem to walk around with a daft grin on my face for a while afterwards, or I do when Ive had one

I think like mentioned below, carpfishing for the younger generation is completely different to what of the older end came into it from and is driven by social media, sin of the 20th century, a brilliant tool but it just changes kids lives and takes over them, I know Iíve got one at the moment Ffs!!!

I got into carping as a natural progression from minnow bashing on a local river, when you are used to catching stickies, bullheads, loach, minnows and the odd trout and you turn up at an old estate lake which has a bridge where you can see double figure carp that you can fish for, thatís mind blowing

I think a lot of the kids now like the camping aspect and why not, best of both worlds, fishing and camping

The sad thing is that the measure for the sport is still Lbs and ounces but that was one of the reasons you used to fish for them, to catch a bigger and bigger one. Thatís all ruined in a way for me due to the ridiculous stocking and importing thatís gone off, all about THE fish now for me

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   Old Thread  #44 29 Dec 2018 at 8.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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anything that gets me free bait and a t shirt
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   Old Thread  #43 29 Dec 2018 at 7.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I understand what your saying here...

Don't get me wrong I enjoy carping on my own terms,but sometimes in any sphere,any thing ,that one can think of..

Sometimes one has to go backwards,to progress!....although in this case,what you mean is,losing sight of the art and simplicity of angling,not pureism,just general enjoyment of the whole experience..is therefore paramount..

It takes a lot of skill to be a competent float,or straight ledger angler for example,of course...and I'm not being unkind,but carping has now become a money driven,monotonic,robotic very technical exercise..

I still go and enjoy,however....insofar as the basics of angling,there is far,far more skill than carping...


From what I have observed,there are carp fisherpeople (pc)...who could be described as one trick ponies....sorry,but the word angler does not fit the sloping beanie...
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   Old Thread  #42 29 Dec 2018 at 6.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I donít no catching a 30 I couldnít stop smiling for days. Donít think I ever had that float fishing. Donít get me wrong I loved it at the time, but thereís that extra buzz when itís a 20+
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   Old Thread  #41 29 Dec 2018 at 6.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A big fish..?

Itís just a bit of angling, go and enjoy it...

A kidís face when the float dips and they catch a silver means far more than size comparison in this game... At one time that was me, it was you, it was all of us... Lose sight of that, of your own enjoyment, of where it started, then itís finished, and the magic is gone.
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   Old Thread  #40 29 Dec 2018 at 4.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's fishing 2018 Goose. You can't blame the kids can you. That's all they have known some of them. They have come into carp fishing, and it's all about social media. That's not their fault, it's the worlds fault. Nothing could stop social media, certainly not fishing.

I'm lucky, in that I get to talk to anglers from all walks of life and all ages due to my work. The 'youth', it's only about social media.

If you have a stunning young lady in your family, she will be using social media in exactly the same way, even if us oldies don't know about it. It's the way of the world now, not just fishing.
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   Old Thread  #39 29 Dec 2018 at 4.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Unless your #lookatme#thesehooks#thisbait#theserods#thistackle#thisbogroll#thisstove#pleasegivemefreebees#imonaquestforfame
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   Old Thread  #38 29 Dec 2018 at 4.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
To me.

Lake, a big carp is 30lb+. A very good fish is 40+, and a 50+ is massive.

River, a big carp is 20lb+. A very good fish is 25lb+, and a 30+ is massive.

But fishing is different to all, it's all relative and personal. Ask me the same question many years ago, and you'd have got a different answer. Ask many here the same question in many years time, and they will have a very different answer to what they have now. Don't worry about anyone else, just worry about yourself. As long as you are enjoying it, nothing else matters.
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   Old Thread  #37 29 Dec 2018 at 3.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wouldn't consider a fish that comes out a few times a year rare at all but I get your point and I agree. A looker or rare'n doesn't have to be big to be a target
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   Old Thread  #36 29 Dec 2018 at 2.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Every one I lose
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   Old Thread  #35 29 Dec 2018 at 1.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
When you go to lift it and think it's caught on something in the margin
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   Old Thread  #34 29 Dec 2018 at 11.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Would a named target fish be more important than size.

Thereís one in a local lake around 24-26lb thatís a huge target for loads of people as he comes out only a few times a year max.
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For me a 30 is a big fish no doubt. 35+ is a real biggun and 45+ is target fish material i.e. massive. Not all about size though. Looks are just as important for me.
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Hi Ross,

A "big fish" for me is one that creates a special memory. I've caught far larger, but the 2 "big fish" in my life weighed 8lb and 28lb so far, both for very different reasons.
In my opinion it's a personal perspective on ones fishing.

Best

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   Old Thread  #31 29 Dec 2018 at 9.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As everyone else has stated it's lake dependent however I regard a genuinely big fish as 35+. above that weight they look like proper 'units', take more of an effort to hold and sometimes have a few battle scars (hopefully from old spawning wounds and not previous captures), when you put them back and watch them swim off they look like proper submarines too.

Yes a 20 from a lake where most fish are doubles is a big fish but it doesn't have that presence that a real whopper has (IMO obviously)
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   Old Thread  #30 29 Dec 2018 at 9.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As others have said it's definitely water dependant for me.
I've fished waters where a low thirty wasn't considered big but if someone catches a high double from my place it is considered big. But that will change over time.
I can't honestly see what 'ability' has to do with anything. I've known complete novices to land lake records and I've personally caught some big fish using the most basic methods and baits.
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   Old Thread  #29 29 Dec 2018 at 9.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
One word for me, natural

Untampered waters around me a 20 is without doubt the benchmark for a specimen carp. 25lb+ fish are something else and a 30 is a very special fish indeed, a 40 plus would be like holding the record.

Tampered waters 50lb +
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In a water full of 5/6lb fish, then a double is a big fish.
If a water contains mostly doubles then a 20 is a big fish.
If a water contains nearly all 20's with 1 30, then 30 is a big fish.

Set your sights realistically, fish what you have in front of you. I have season ticket to a big fish water, lakes with numbers of 40's in, but I also have a season ticket on a lake that contains few doubles. This is my 'take a mate' to water, where because he is disabled, he still can catch without having a long walk With his gear.

I am quite happy to spend a day floater fishing on one rod, with the centre pin and sweetcorn on a lift float on the other rod.
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A 20 is a big fish in my eyes a target for most waters a 30 is something to celebrate in style, any fish brings a smile to my face and a loss a frown.

At the moment anything caught will be celebrated when I get back from NZ

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When i carp fish i now tend to do short visits to a small club water that has no twenties so anything over 15lb is a good fish.
I have had a few up to 18+ so for this little water these are exceptional fish.

When i used to fish at linch a 20lber was run of the mill and a decent fish was a 30lb+ so its all about where you fish and what the average size is.

You cant catch 30s if they are not in the pond.
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   Old Thread  #25 28 Dec 2018 at 10.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That's a good point. I'm a Northern boy but I'll still get a buzz with a 20 from further south. I like catching carp of all sizes really, but would just prefer it if they were all big!
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   Old Thread  #24 28 Dec 2018 at 10.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
living in the north west, a northwest 30 is equivalent to a down south 45...there just isn't the number of 30s and 40s around the north west.
30 and 40 lb fish down south are the norm.
It's not a jealousy thing or anything of the sort..my fishing evolves around my family at present and if I want to chase an original north west 30 or 40 its going to require time on the bank,time I'm not willing to spend away from my kids,they will soon fly the nest and I will dedicate more time to chasing bigger fish.
to me, at this moment in time..a 20 is a big fish..but any fish that graces mine and my lads landing net is a big fish..
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   Old Thread  #23 28 Dec 2018 at 10.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Surely geography plays a part to. A big fish up north compared to a big fish down south.
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   Old Thread  #22 28 Dec 2018 at 10.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Totally agree, Iíve just joined a syndicate where the fish have grown on naturally and every 1 in 2 bites should be a 30 and 1 in 10 bites should be a 40. Not an easy water but a low 20 is a small fish for that lake. A lake a few hundred metres away that low 20 would be a lake record so it really is lake dependant.

Iím always happy to have a 20 regardless of water though
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   Old Thread  #21 28 Dec 2018 at 10.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A 20+ always makes me really chuffed, a 30+ makes me smile for a good few days!
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   Old Thread  #20 28 Dec 2018 at 10.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Depends on the water
A few years ago i had a lake record at 18lb 2
The stock dictates if its a big fish imo
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   Old Thread  #19 28 Dec 2018 at 10.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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intreasting reading on peoples view
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   Old Thread  #18 28 Dec 2018 at 9.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Personally Iím always pleased to have a 20 but a 30 is a good fish, a 40 a biggun and a 50 is a proper lump.
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   Old Thread  #17 28 Dec 2018 at 9.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Depends on your viewpoint and I should have stressed that in my first post because we all have different motivations. I've edited the post now.

If I was fishing a water where a fish, let alone a 20, didn't feel like an achievement then I'd swiftly move on. Not interested in wading through dozens and dozens of lesser fish to get to the prized ones, because you're then simply into a numbers game imo. I tend to fish waters where bites are hard to come by, partly due to stocking density and party due to my angling ineptitude.

And herein is the crux of the matter. A water where a 20 might be nothing special to the majority of anglers might still be special to me, partly due to ability and partly due to others doing a lot more time.

I `think what matters is what we as individuals view as a big fish, and this will be determined by ability, experience, time, resources etc. A 20 on a particular venue may be a big fish to some, whereas a 30 from the same water may be nothing special to others.

Back to the OP, a 30 on that particular water is defnitlely a big fish. No question. A lower-mid 20 is not in my view.
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   Old Thread  #16 28 Dec 2018 at 9.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A thirtys a proper lump
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I take one rod , bag , net , unhooking mat tin of meat , tin of corn and sit on the floor , happy days
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   Old Thread  #14 28 Dec 2018 at 9.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think it used to be 50% of the record species weight was considered very big .
But if your fishing lakes that only really have high 20s , then there big fish ,
Personally i think a 30 is still a big fish ,
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   Old Thread  #13 28 Dec 2018 at 9.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ďThere are of course plenty of waters where catching a 20+ carp is nothing special. These places are best avoided for all sorts of reasons.Ē

I donít agree with this statement at all. I know some amazing places to fish where a 20lb fish wouldnít raise an eyebrow.
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   Old Thread  #12 28 Dec 2018 at 9.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Depends on the venue and the tactics I use to catch it.
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My view of things for what its worth

20lb is a nice sized fish.
30lb is a very pleasing size to catch
40lb+ is a big fish
50lb+ is a whacker.
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   Old Thread  #10 28 Dec 2018 at 9.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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20+ in a club water is a great catch. 30+ is a fish to remember
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It's great isn't it Ralph👍...two rods,minimal bits n bobs,just perfect,as you know,a lot of people will be surprised on the size of fish that can be landed,using a float rod....
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   Old Thread  #8 28 Dec 2018 at 8.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
For me it's anything that pulls back
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My favourite way of fishing
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   Old Thread  #6 28 Dec 2018 at 8.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I base it on the individuality of each venue..

Ie,if the biggest fish in that particular lake is a double,then ..thats the venues biggest I still think a twenty is big,I had a low twenty on Xmas eve,5lb line,size 12 kamasan barbless,13ft float rod....👀 ,centrepin,forty yards of line on the pin..


Its not the size of the matter,but the manner in which it was caught...!
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   Old Thread  #4 28 Dec 2018 at 8.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The magic number for me has always been twenty, although any fish is always welcome. A 30 is a whacker.

There are of course plenty of waters where catching a 20+ carp is nothing special. I tend to avoid these places for all sorts of reasons.
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Anything over 50 for me 😂
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   Old Thread  #2 28 Dec 2018 at 8.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A twenty...... the end
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   Old Thread  #1 28 Dec 2018 at 8.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What do you guys class as a big fish? I've been fishing a newish lake for last 2 session . I've had a lot off upper 20lbs. Biggest is 28lb and a half. Bit loads of 20lbs up 2 26lb. Do you class these as big fish ? As even thow thay have been nice fish some people I've talked say over 30lb as a big fish
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