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Brit angler lands world record 16.5st carp after fighting with beast for 80 mins

This whopping catch took British angler John ­Harvey 80 minutes to land – and no wonder given it weighs a mighty 16.5stone.

But the battle was worth the effort for John, 42, who has set the record for reeling in the world’s biggest carp, which hit the scales at 232lb.

He caught the freshwater giant at a lake in Thailand, where he has lived for 14 years.

The keen fisherman, originally of Westleigh, Devon, needed the help of two other anglers to pose for a photo.

His catch at the Palm Tree Lagoon in Chedi Hak beat the previous world record for a Siamese carp by 10lb.

John celebrated by buying all the anglers on the lake a beer
(Image: John Harvey/BNPS)

John, who celebrated by buying all the anglers on the lake a beer, said: “As soon asit took the bait I knew it was going to
be a big fish.

“It was like dragging a huge weight through the water. It was nerve-wracking because I didn’t want to make a mistake.

“After 80 minutes I finally brought it to the bank, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was absolutely enormous, the pictures don’t do it justice at all.

“Being a world record holder is the only claim to fame I’ll ever have.”

Siamese carp are the biggest species of carp in the world and they are found naturally in river basins in Asia.

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