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Angling world in mourning as Britain’s biggest common carp dies aged 25

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THE angling world is mourning the death of Britain’s biggest known common carp.

The whopper, known as Tarka, was aged about 25 and weighed 65lb 2oz at its heaviest.

He died from natural causes in his lake at The Avenue fishery in Shropshire.

Anglers travelled from far and wide for the chance to catch Tarka.

Owner Rob Hales said: “There were numerous lucky enough anglers to catch him in the past and it has been amazing to follow the magnificent journey of his growth.”

Tarka was introduced to the fishery in 2008 when he weighed more than 20lb.

He was named Tarka after part of his tail was bitten off by an otter and was worth more than £10,000.

Heartbroken anglers took to social media to pay tribute. Gary Roberts posted: “So sad. RIP Tarka. What an incredible carp, a legend.”

Luke Edwards, who caught Tarka when he weighed just under 53lbs, said: “Made me a very happy angler and many more. RIP Tarka.”

Eric Cranston said: “That is so sad. Unbelievable stunning fish.

"To lose any fish is upsetting but the jewel in the crown must hit everyone who’s caught and admired it.”

As common carp are classed as a sub-species, they are not logged by the British Record Fish Committee.

There is a record for a ­mirror carp which weighed 68lb 1oz when caught at the Wasing Estate in Berkshire in 2016. It died a year later.

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