Venues in the north of the UK aren’t known for producing huge catfish but Jamie Stansfield showed that there are exceptions to the rule when he won the battle with this impressive 80lb 4oz specimen.
Incredibly, it was the Hull-based angler’s first time targeting the species and he struck gold at a local stillwater when he set his size 5/0 hook into the jaws of the predator after it picked up his hair-rigged pellet.
“I had fished the venue a week earlier and kept getting snapped up while stalking for carp,” said Jamie. “I went into my local tackle shop, Catchmoore Fishing, and the owner couldn’t have been more helpful and got me kitted out for my first cat session. And what a result!”