A Devon-born man has caught was is thought to be the world’s biggest carp fish – weighing a whopping 232lbs.
John Harvey, from Westleigh, near Tiverton, spent 80 minutes reeling the Siamese Carp at a lake in Thailand last month.
At a staggering 232lbs, or 16-and-a-half stone, or 105kg, it reportedly beats the previous world record set for a Siamese Carp by a huge 10lbs.
John, 42, who has lived in Thailand for 14 years, could not believe his eyes when he saw the fish rise from the water.
He told Devon Live: “It was a reasonably quiet day for fishing. Then, at around 4.30pm the cart rod screened off so I ran over to the rod, and straight away felt it was a really big fish.
“I’ve done fishing for a while now and you can tell if it’s big or not from the bait.
“It was very slow, hard, heavy fish. I had to hang on to it for one hour 20 minutes which was pretty nerve-racking.
“It might seem a while but sometimes it can be four or five hours stood there holding the rod.
“It was absolutely enormous, the pictures do not do it justice at all.”
“It was amazing. I’ve never caught a carp that weighed over 100lbs before.”
John lives in Pattaya, city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast, and admitted he has never been a big fish angler.
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“I just want to go out there and enjoy it. People travel the world trying to catch the biggest fish but that takes the fun out of it.”
Messages flooded in for John thousands of miles away back in Devon.
“I had a lot of messages from back home. It was fantastic to have five minutes of fame!”
John said it was visiting a friend in the country that instantly made him decide to swap Westleigh for Thailand.
He said: “My friend lived here and I came to visit once. Straight away knew I had to live here. It’s an amazing place to live.”