Terry Hooper celebrated his 65th birthday in style with the capture of his first ever catfish – this 63lb specimen from Beaver Farm Fishery.
His wife had treated him to a 24 hour session on the Surrey venue and he freelined a ‘grenade sized’ piece of luncheon meat just five feet from the bank.
The large predator, which measure more than 4ft in length, came just after midnight before a large storm hit the area.
He said: “I’ve always wanted to catch a large catfish, so for my first one to be this size was unbelievable. What a great birthday present!”