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The famous mirror lived in Mid-Kent Fisheries’ Conningbrook venue, having been stocked into the lake at 12 lb in 1982. After a hard winter followed by a tough spring, when the fish’s body was found by the venue manager there wasn’t a blemish on it – no scars, ulcers or damage.
Conningbrook is a tricky season ticket water where carpers are vetted before being allowed to fish. Many bank hours, nights and days were spent by the hardcore specialist anglers who dedicated their fishing to the lake.
Two Tone – so named for its distinct “half and half” coloration – finally overtook Wraysbury’s Mary at Britain’s heaviest carp in 2001, when it came through at 59 lb 7 oz. That cemented its place in angling history – but it was just the start of the story…
The mega mirror held on for throughout the “Noughties”, with eight captors claiming official new highs. Two Tone still reigns at 67 lb 8 oz. It has been widely reported at 67 lb 14 oz … but scales checks dropped it by 6 oz.
Here are Two Tone’s captures at British record weights:
2001 – 59 lb 7 oz – Terry Glebioska
2001 – 59 lb 12 oz – Mark Toland
2001 – 61 lb – Gary Bayes
2002 – 61 lb 7 oz – Lee Jackson
2004 – 64 lb 5 oz – John Pack
2005 – 64 lb 14 oz – Simon Bater
2008 – 67 lb – John Bird
2008 – 67 lb 8 oz – Austin Oz Holness
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