21lb 12oz cod wins match for tackle boss

Sea fishing matches often require anglers to scratch around for small fish to record a winning weight but Craig Butler decided to think big during a recent club competition and was rewarded with this monster 20lb 12oz cod.

Fishing a West Coast & Watchet SAC contest on what local’s call ‘White Mark’ in Minehead, Somerset the Westcoast Tackle boss targeted a spot around 70 yards out using a pulley rig baited with a whole squid. Before long he was playing the giant specimen which won him the match and saw him record a new personal best. Craig said: “I nearly fainted when I saw the size of the fish rolling around in the surf and just ran in to try to beach it.”

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