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Young angler Callum Pettit, from Hamstreet near Ashford, lands record-breaking common carp


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A young angler has written his name in the record books after landing the largest common carp ever caught by a junior.

Callum Pettit, from Hamstreet near Ashford, caught the monster fish while angling with his dad Stuart at a lake near Reims in France.

Callum Pettit, 11, pictured with dad Stuart, broke the world record for a common carp caught by a junior. Picture: Keith Pickett
Callum Pettit, 11, pictured with dad Stuart, broke the world record for a common carp caught by a junior. Picture: Keith Pickett

The 11-year-old, who is a pupil at the Hamstreet Primary Academy, spent 20 minutes fighting with the seven-stone beast.

Once it was brought ashore and weighed - coming in a whopping 96lb 10oz - it dawned on his dad that the incredible catch meant his lad was destined for the record books.

Mr Pettit said: "It is a once-in-a-lifetime fish and Callum has caught it aged 11. Where does he go from here?

"He would have more of a chance of winning the lottery than catching a bigger carp than that."

Callum said: "I couldn't believe how big it was and my arms were really aching afterwards."

Callum and dad Stuart were astounded by the size of the catch. Picture: Keith Pickett
Callum and dad Stuart were astounded by the size of the catch. Picture: Keith Pickett

The fish, nicknamed Big Girl, was caught using the young angler's special banoffee-flavoured bait.

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