Warren Harrison banked this mind-blowing 101lb 7oz mirror last week to become the first angler ever to catch three different fish over 90lb.
The Manchester angler made history in September 2014 by catching a 94lb mirror, 90lb common and an 87lb mirror in the same session at Hungary’s Euro Aqua, and returned to eclipse that feat.
Speaking to Angling Times from the bank halfway through his two-week session with friend Dave Treasure, Warren said: “It’s just unbelievable. I’m the only person in the world to catch a full set of different fish from 10lb, 20lb, 30lb, up to 80lb, 90lb and 100lb. I just can’t believe it! We’ve been here for eight days and between the two of us we’ve had about 40 fish including three sixties to 63lb and the big one.”
And just as we went to press, Warren added an 81lb mirror to his haul.
Euro Aqua has produced 100-pounders before and currently holds the world record with a 105lb fish, but Warren’s big one had not reached triple figures before.
“It came out last year at 91lb, I think,” said the 54-year-old business owner, who regularly visits Euro Aqua and will be back there in June.
Having purchased half a ton of the lake’s particles, plus a supply of the venue’s boilies, Warren baited heavily with a mixture of the two, plus Mainline Cell and Hybrid boilies.
He fed an area away from his main spot for the first six days and only put a rod on it when he saw a fish roll.
“The first bite I had from that second spot was the big one,” he said. “It was about 5am and just starting to get light.”
After a 20-minute battle, Warren and Dave netted the huge fish and both realised it was something special.
“You can tell the difference between a 90-pounder and a 100-pounder,” said the man who is best placed to answer such a question. “You can’t lift them in the net, so when I got it in the sling and Dave and I grabbed an end to lift it on to the mat, that’s when you know!”
Warren fished double 20mm Cell bottom baits on barbless size 6 Ashima Anti Eject hooks and 20lb Ashima GroundHog hooklinks.