Big cat sets new record

Well known specimen angler Phil Smith had every reason to smile after not only beat his personal best catfish but also setting a new venue with the capture of this 55lb 9oz catfish.

The Coventry-based specialist popped-up a big bunch of lobworms to attract the attentions of the fish that sets a new Church Lake record, which is part of the popular Orchid Lakes complex in Dorchester-on-Thames.

Phil used 15lb mainline, a 45lb braided hooklink and a size 2/0 hook to tame the cat and needed the help of youngster Curtis Welch to hold out the tale of his fish for the camera.

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