10-stone catfish caught by Essex chef

James Jones said he “had to shout for help” when he realised what had taken his bait

A chef and keen angler from Essex has caught what is thought to be the largest freshwater fish – weighing more than 10 stone – to be landed in the UK.

James Jones, 31, of Southminster, caught the 144lb (65.3kg) wels catfish at the Oak Lakes Fishery, Essex.

In Britain, before records were suspended in 2000, the largest catfish caught weighed just 62lb (28kg).

Mr Jones said anglers knew there was a huge fish in the lake but nobody had caught it. It took two hours to land.

‘Longer than me’

After weighing the fish it was returned to the lake.

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