53lb catfish shocks carp angler

Specimen angler Roger Tooley was given a huge shock when he slipped the net under this 53lb catfish during a session after carp.

The Hemel Hempstead-based ace had never landed a ‘cat’ of any size in previous outings but managed to outmuscle the beast after an hour long battle.

“I’m still buzzing from the capture and it came as a massive surprise. I’ve never landed a catfish of any substantial size before so to land one this big is a big bonus,” explained an elated Roger who fooled the fish on a large piece of luncheon meat presented on an underwater shelf.