TWO hundred carpers descended on a lake in
last week in search Romaniaof a world record breaking carp. is confidently tipped to hold a fish of at least 90lb, and top Sarulesti Lake
carp anglers in 104 teams from more than 30 countries spent the week
trying to claim their place in history, and to claim to carping World Cup
being held there. Among them were well known UK carpers Paisley and
“That’s why we come all this way – for the big fish,” said Paisley’s 41-year-old
partner Steve Briggs from the banks of the bleak reservoir 28 miles from
Bucharest, at the halfway point of the six day Carp World Cup.
The water was created when former communist dictator Nicolae
Ceausescu dammed the
to flood the area in a misguided Danube River
attempt to expand waterborne shipping. Four villages were lost underwater
in the process and residents given only 72 hours notice that their homes
would be submerged.
The carp in
grow big on a rich diet of crayfish, worms and Sarulesti Lake
mussels and the current world carp record, a common of 82lb, was caught
from the venue by an
angler in 1998. Locals are confident bigger Austria
fish are there for the taking.
In 1990, former tennis coach Robert Raduta leased the lake and land from
the state and ‘chased away’ poachers. He then built a hotel and stocked the
lake with fish, building it into what is no known as ‘the carp angler’s Everest’.
He held his first World Cup there in 1999.
There are two parts to the competition – the biggest individual catch and the
total weight of fish over the week. Pairings draw for a peg which they fish
on for the full six days and contestants pay nearly some £2000 to enter and
might spend as much on bait during the competition.
“It’s one of the best places in the world for carp,” said eventual winner Kurt
Grabmayer, who runs a rod and reel shop in
. Vienna, Austria
Austrian Manfred Pfeffer with a big Sarulesti common.
Kurt was fishing with Manfred Pfeffer and they had banked five carp for
198lb at the halfway point of the match. They finished the match with 22 fish
for 235kilos, 15kilos clear of the second placed team, another Austrian
outfit. An Italian pairing finished third with Chilcott and Jenkins the top
placed Brits in fourth. They banked 19 fish to 34lb over the six days, for
a total of 162 kilos.
The winning pairing brought with them four metre Grabmayer rods especially
manufactured for the event, which enabled them to cast the required 150
metres from their peg.
Nearly 4000kilos of carp were landed, but there were no world carp record.
The biggest fish of the event at 23kilos fell to the Dutch pairing of Sukens
NAMES OF THE TEAM
No. Of Fishes
5 BOYLE/ST. CYR