Britain’s heaviest freshwater fish – this 145-pounder!

A

Angler's Mail

Guest
#1
MATTHEW SMITH (pictured below, left) has beaten the unofficial British catfish record with this 145 lb giant during a pike trip.



Thought to be Britain’s heaviest freshwater fish, it came from the same Essex complex that produced the previous best of 144 lb in 2012 to chef James Jones.

But the British Record Fish Committee don’t have a catfish category any more so Matthew can’t put in an official record bid.

The 33-year-old driver, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, encountered Britain’s heaviest freshwater fish during a session at Oak Lakes, near Southminster.

He told Angler’s Mail : “It took around 55 minutes to land and fought like a demon on the Predator Lake.

“I was using a 3 lb test curve rod with 20 lb line and a single barbless treble with a legered livebait.

“It grabbed my bait on the way in and set off on a colossal journey that took me up and down the lake.

“I basically had to let it run when it wanted to and get line back when she let me.

“After getting it up on the bank we realised that this catfish was a bit special and, after bottoming my 120 lb scales, we reweighed it using bigger scales and it turned them round to 145 lb.

“My biggest fish before this was a 75 lb cat I caught in February last year and have caught numerous 50 lb fish, which is not bad considering I’ve only been targeting cats just over 18 months.

“My mate Gareth Jakes was a big help netting and getting in the water to help land her so I’d like to say thanks to him,” concluded Matthew.

GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com

Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here
fal.cn/SI7K


You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets.

There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too.

You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories…


Record catfish… Big Bad Barry!

This giant catfish is known as Big Bad Barry. It fell to Kyle Strange and is the biggest known catfish…


Huge 286 lb winter catfish – full story of epic catch admired around the world

Catfish fans around the world have been admiring online pictures of the beast, and Angler’s Mail is delighted to share…


Lake record catfish slams the scales to 117 lb 11 oz!

The huge catfish came from Forty Acres Plantation Lake in Billericay in Essex where local 25-year-old Billy used a boilie,…


Andy Little targets big UK catfish at in-form day ticket fishery

When I went to Wintons Fishery in 2015 it was just over a year ago when sadly my good friend,…


‘Catfish record’ beaten

The rare catfish, known as ‘Manderjim’ as it has yellow mandarin markings, picked up half a tin of luncheon meat…


“Record cat” alive and 83 lb!

RECORD catfish water – historic Withy Pool in Bedfordshire – has produced a stunning 83 lb giant which could be…


Catfish – now a native species in the UK?

And the Angling Trust, angling’s governing body, have called for the Government to carry out a comprehensive scientific study to…

Continue reading...