Top carp water creates massive scales-slamming 130 lb UK catfish

CARPER Nick Royce had the combat of his life when he landed this lagoon record catfish estimated at over 130 lb .

Worth getting wet for – the massive 130 lb Fryerning catfish .

Nick was on the APS7 50 -a-year Main Lake at Essexas prolific Fryerning Fisheries when he hooked the giant just before dawn.

The builder and landscaper from London said: aIad already had two smaller catfish from The Chocolate Finger swim when this one roared off at 4am.

aIt was a solid hour of fighting before I could land the beast and all this happened while daybreak was breaking.

aIave got to say it really is an impressive fish and is bigger than me. It was great getting in the water with it for the photographs.

aIt fell to a Dynamite Baits Monster Tiger Nut boilie so this fish is obviously hovering up as much bait as possible as itas not a fishy flavour, a added Nick.

Reaction of Fryerning boss

Fryerning fishery co-owner Charlie Knowles said: aThe fish bottomed out the 120 lb scales he had but has been out at 124 lb in the past and we estimated at over 130 lb now.

aThere is another catfish of similar sizing and you never know, they could grow on and go over the 140 even 150 lb mark as thereas a lot of bait going.

aAnd the carp are growing with five different 50 -pounders and at least 17 over 40 lb, a added Charlie.

TheA Fryerning catfish ranks high on the listing of wels catfish caught in the UK.

The unofficial British record catfish is widely reckoned to be a 145 lb giant that fell to Matthew Smith in January from Oak Pond in Essex.

The same water created a 144 lb cat in 2012 to James Jones that previously held the UK best.

Catfish were hit from the official British Record Fish Committee list in 2007 due to a wave of illegal imports in the 1990 s and early 2000 s.

A bid to overrule the ban last year by Devonas Zyg Gregorek of Anglers Paradise was turned down.

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