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French carp yields British record

A British fisherman recently hooked the biggest carp ever caught. The appositely named Graham Slaughter caught the carp weighing 88 and a half pounds in a lake near Bordeaux in France. He displaced the previous record-holder, also a Brit, Gary Hagues. Mr Slaughter caught a 69-pound carp on the same day, resulting in another record, this one for the world’s biggest brace of carp. (One wonders what the French feed them.)

Readers of the Sports section will know that Brits invented much of the gear used in fishing.

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