CANNOCK angler Nick Massey is the toast of the Midlands after setting a new world carp record with a stunning 83lb mirror from a tough 27-acre venue called Paquier Des Graviers in France.

The huge specimen beats the existing world best of 82lb 3oz, a fish caught in 1998 by Austrian carper Christian Baldermart from Romania’s Lake Raduta.

Incredibly it’s not only Nick’s first fish from the venue, it’s his first ever French carp and beats his old personal best by a massive 56lb!!

The massive carp is known as The Scarred Fish – sought-after specimen carp are nearly always given names.

It has been caught before and records show it has been packing on the weight. The last time it was caught, only 11 months ago, it weighed 11lb less.

Nick had to battle the beast for over half an hour after tempting it to take a boilie over a 4kg bed of bait delivered with pinpoint accuracy using a bait boat.

He hooked it on a size 4 ESP Big T hook tied to 25lb Kryston Mantis hook link presented on a 3oz running rig and 15lb mainline.

Nick was fishing with his son James and after realising the significance of the fish they called lake owner Luke Moffatt to come and weigh it. On 120lb Reuben Heaton scales it went 85lb 8oz, and after deducting 2lb 8oz for the weigh sling they all settled on 83lb exactly.

James (19) also had a memorable trip, bagging a stunning 52lb 4oz mirror, again his first French fish.

The fish is pictured in this week’s Angling Times.