Barbel regular endures 40-minute battle with monster catfish

"I thought I'd hooked bottom...then the bottom took off!"

Barbel regular endures 40-minute battle with monster catfish

by Angling Times |

BARBEL angler Paul Vizard couldn't have asked for a much better second catfish fishing trip – banking this 97lb 15oz monster!

The huge fish was caught during a 48-hour session at Parr Fishery in Essex.

“It was a challenging start, but the trip ended in style," Paul said.

“With cold winds, frosty nights and bright sunny days, conditions were poor.

“Perseverance paid off, though, when I had a take on two 20mm Robin Red pellets. When I picked up the rod, I thought I’d hooked bottom, but then it decided to take off!

“My strong tackle was tested to the limits for about 40 minutes, but I was delighted when this beast finally slipped into the 60ins net!”

Paul Vizard and his 97lb 15oz catfish from Parr Fishery
Paul Vizard and his 97lb 15oz catfish from Parr Fishery
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