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   What do you class as a big fish ?
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   Old Thread  #33 29 Dec 2018 at 11.10am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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   Old Thread  #32 29 Dec 2018 at 10.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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.

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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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   Old Thread  #28 29 Dec 2018 at 5.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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   Old Thread  #27 29 Dec 2018 at 2.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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   Old Thread  #26 29 Dec 2018 at 2.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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