Anglers mourn as Benson king of the carp dies

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Anglers and children around the country are mourning the loss of Benson, the 25-year-old common carp who passed away in the Kingfisher Lake near Peterborough on Wednesday (29 July).

Anglers and children around the country are mourning the loss of Benson, the 25-year-old common carp who passed away in the Kingfisher Lake near Peterborough on Wednesday (29 July).Weighing in at 64lbs, Benson – the monster oily freshwater fish – captured the hearts of thousands for being the country's most famous fish.

Anglers worldwide have spent more than seven years trying to catch Benson – who weighs the equivalent of a large dog – since he was introduced into the Bluebell Lakes complex at Tansor, near Oundle, during their first carp stocking in 1994, weighing in at just 24.5lbs.

 

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