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Hooked on my monster' catch

PUBLISHED: 15:19 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

WHOPPER: Martin Locke with his record carp.

WHOPPER: Martin Locke with his record carp.

AN ANGLER was stunned when he hauled a world-record-breaking fish into his boat during a recent trip to France. Martin Locke, 47,

AN ANGLER was stunned when he hauled a world-record-breaking fish into his boat during a recent trip to France.

Martin Locke, 47, braved temperatures of -3 degrees to land the fish - the world's heaviest carp - at 6am at a lake near Bordeaux last Wednesday.

Ironically, the 94lb fish was the only bite Mr Locke, owner of Solar Tackle in Orpington, got throughout his week-long trip.

He said: "It had been a really slow week because the temperature makes the fish lethargic and less likely to bite.

"When I heard the alarms going off it was the first and only bite I got all week and I raced out to do some fishing. I got into the boat with only a t-shirt on and before I knew it was 150 metres out in the lake.

"Luckily, he didn't put up much of a fight because of the cold and I was able to get back onto the shore to get warmed up.

"It was pitch black and although I knew it was big I didn't know it was a monster. I landed the same one last year but he was only 84lb then."

Mr Locke and a group of friends head to the famous Rainbow River in Bordeaux at least eight times a year.

However, this is the first time he has bagged a record-breaking fish - and it may never have happened as he almost decided not to go on the trip.

"We had our spots booked well in advance but because of the weather and the 12-hour drive we were going to call it off," he admitted.

"I'm glad we didn't because even though this was the only bite I got it made the trip worth it."

The 47-year-old who caught his first fish at the age of four - a 14lb carp in Dartford's Brooklands Lake - has encouraged novices to take up the sport.

"Nothing beats getting out there on the lake and once you catch that first fish you are hooked on the sport," he said.

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