British angler John Harvey has recorded a new world record for catching the largest carp in the world with his enormous catch of Siamese carp weighing 232 pounds.
Harvey caught the huge carp at the Palm Tree Lagoon at Chedi Hak in southern Thailand. The catch beat the previous world record by 10 pounds.
According to Harvey, 42, capturing the giant carp did not pose many challenges as the carp did not fight as much except for its immense weight.
“It wasn’t fighting too hard, it was the weight that was the real challenge. And it was nerve-racking because I didn’t want to make a mistake,” Harvey.
He spent about 80 minutes to land the giant carp. It was only after he finally brought the fish to the bank that he realized its giant size.
“It was absolutely enormous, the pictures do not do it justice at all,” Harvey added.
The angler who previously worked as a property investor in Devon has been living in Pattaya, Thailand for the past 14 years.
When asked about his thoughts on breaking the world record of catching the largest carp in the world, Harvey said that he was proud of it.
“Being a world record holder is the only claim to fame I’ll ever have. I’ve been showing everyone the pictures of the fish since I caught it,” he said.
“I’m just a casual angler so really I felt sorry for some of the other anglers who spend much more money and don’t catch fish anywhere near that size.”
Siamese carp is the biggest carp species in the world and are typically found in rivers across Asia.