100lb 8oz fish is new world best!

Colin Smith set a new world record yesterday, after banking a 100lb 8oz monster common carp from France’s Etang Saussaie, in the Champagne region of France.

The fish comes agonisingly close to the full world record of 101lb 4oz, which was a mirror caught by Romanian rod Roman Hanke, from a French water last year.

Korda ace, Damian Clarke is said to have banked the same fish back in 2011, at a weight of 88llb – but it has since clapped on weight at the French super venue, taking it to its now epic proportions.

Details are yet to emerge of the angler who caught it, but it is thought that Colin Smith tempted the beast from Peg 14 at the venue. We will bring you more details as they emerge.