October 22, 2013
British Angler Catches Possible World Record Carp
By Ben Romans
Photo posted by Gillhams Fishing Resort on Facebook
British angler Keith Williams recently received a birthday surprise when he hooked and landed a potential new world record 134-pound, 7-ounce Siamese carp (also called a giant barb).
Williams was in Krabi, Thailand celebrating his 56th birthday on a fishing trip with family and friends. The owner of the resort where he was fishing told the British newspaper Metro that Williams fought the fish for 25 minutes, but was still contemplating the magnitude of his catch days later.
“His reaction was one of total shock – he said never in his wildest dreams did he imagine he would catch a world record. In the days after this capture Keith was walking around in a daze – he is still saying it has not yet sunk in.”
The International Game Fish Association needs to review and approve a record application from Williams before it can officially deem his catch a world record. Until then, Terry Mather’s 114 lb., 10 oz. giant barb caught in Thailand in March 2004 will continue to hold the world record title.