A seven-month quest for a big catfish ended in success for Alan Hutchings when he broke the record at his local stillwater with this monstrous 73lb specimen.
Ironically the 30-year-old had left his catfish tackle at home for the session at Par Fishery, Essex, deciding instead to target the resident carp.
But his popped-up boilie proved too tempting for the big cat, which more than doubled his previous best.
“The fish was so big that I couldn’t get it in my net. I had to get in the water and lift it on to the bank, but it was so worth it,” said Alan.