The fish weighed 14lbs.
Where's the unhooking mat? They aren't used at Rolf's Lake, but I'll be surprised if you can find a fishery where the Carp are in better condition.
The fish was very briefly laid on the wet landing net on short mown grass for the one photo.
I would hope that very few would deprive a young lad of a memory like that.
Carp survived just fine before everyone started using unhooking mats and carp are tougher than you think. The fish will be just fine laying on a nice bit of grass, just put the landing net over its eyes so that stops it floppiung around, easy. You can see what antics they get upto when it comes to spawning, I've seen them jump onto the bank and then jump back in.
The fish is clearly being gaurded and looked after, lay off them.....
That said, fab fish, what a pickie, stuff dreams are made of and one happy lad with peopple spending quality time with him, excellet, hooked for life I bet.
Brightened my day before setting off to work, thanks!!