Fishing Stories

Welsh record grass carp

A 18.2kg (40lb and 2oz) grass carp landed from the Wharf in Cardiff, UK, by Tudor Prosser, from Culverhouse Cross

A 36-year-old Culverhouse Cross-based angler Tudor Prossers and his 10-year-old son Logan were enjoying a quiet fishing weekend in Cardiff.

They were fishing in Bute East Dock when they landed a monster grass carp weighing in at 18.2kg (40lb and 2oz).

"I saw it in the water and I thought to myself ‘That is a proper big fish’.

"It was a bit of a shock because it was such an unexpected catch.

"When I caught it it took flight and went into the reed bed but when it realised it had been hooked it gave up and didn’t struggle. It was like a dead weight on the end of the rod," said Tudor.

The catch could set a new Welsh record but official records have not been kept in recent years as grass carp are not a native species in the UK.

"Logan was great. He had the camera and he helped me take pictures of it but I think he was totally gobsmacked," he added.

Tudor is no stranger to big catches. During a fishing holiday in France last autumn he caught an mirror carp that weighed 29.8kg (65lb and 12oz).

"That was a lake in the Champagne-Ardenne region," he said. "It was the fish of a lifetime. I could travel all over the world fishing and I might never catch one like that again."

According to the Angler’s Mail the biggest grass carp ever caught in Britain weighed 23.8kg (52lb and 8oz) and was caught by an angler in Berkshire in August 2012.
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