Fish fan Charlie Smith tweeted: “Devastating news Rip to a beautiful creature that bought joy happiness and memories to so many anglers”.Damion Braund mourned, writing: “Sad day for the Real carp world ….. RIP The Parrot”. It’s a massive loss to the carp worldDean Fletcher, 54 News of his death was revealed on social media, and stricken anglers paid their tributes.Greengrocer Dean Fletcher was particularly upset, as he caught Parrot at his greatest weight and no one has beaten his record.He wrote: “The Parrot was a true one off so it’s terribly sad to hear that he’s died. Parrot, a mirror carp, was found floating in its lake at the Wasing Estate near Reading at 6am yesterday.It is believed he died of old age, but an autopsy will take place to confirm this.There are plans to mount the 25-year-old carp in pride of place at the fishery, which has a 10 year waiting list to become a member. “Obviously he was the biggest around and one that so many wanted to record as a catch. It a massive loss to the carp world.”As the record holder I obviously have very fond memories of him, catching him was a very special moment.” It is with regret that we have to announce that The Wasing Parrot was found dead earlier today sad day for us and Carp fishing— Wasing Sporting (@WasingSporting) August 2, 2017 Mark Hibbs, Fisheries Manager & Head Gamekeeper with ‘Parrot’ when he weighed 25lb 8ozCredit:MattBryant/BNPS Mournful fish fans have paid tribute to Parrot, who has finally fallen off his perch at the grand old age of 25.The large aquatic animal was the biggest freshwater fish in Britain, weighing a record-breaking 68lbs 1oz.The fish was so revered by the angling community that people came from all over the country for their chance to catch him. What a carp. Such a shame. Given a lucky few some great memories.— Browny® (@brownyoufc) August 2, 2017 And another carp fanatic said: “What a carp. Such a shame. Given a lucky few some great memories.”Mark Hibbs, manager of the Wasing Estate fishery, said: “I’m absolutely gutted. The Parrot was a once in a lifetime fish. “I had a call at 6am yesterday from an angler saying that they had pulled him out. I saw him swim past me last Friday and he looked fine but that was the last time I saw him alive.”People travelled far and wide for a glimpse of The Parrot, he was the fish everyone wanted to catch.”Having caught him myself, I know first hand what a wonderful fish he was.”An autopsy will be carried out but from looking at him I think he died from natural causes because there were no marks on him.”I’m going to see if we can get him mounted and put on the wall in the reception here.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Tributes paid to Parrot Britains largest fresh water fish who has died
Last Updated on: September 25th, 2019 at 7:58 am, by