An angler fishing for mackerel in the Erne estuary in Ballyshannon, north west Ireland, has landed what’s thought to be the largest sea trout ever caught at sea on rod and line in the shape of an 11lb 1oz giant.
John Cunningham (41), from Killybegs, hooked ‘the fish of a lifetime’ from the shore using what he’d only describe as a ‘special mackerel bait.
It took him ten minutes to land, and is more than five times the size of the average sea trout caught in Irish waters. It’s understood the previous local record in the Ballyshannon area for a sea trout stood at around 8lbs.
John’s fish measured 72cm long, meaning it was 32cm over the limit to retain and was therefore returned unharmed on conservation grounds.
The record for an Irish sea trout is 16lb 6oz, a fish caught in County Down in 1983.