A fisherman from Oxfordshire, England, reeled in a 102-pound catfish from the Rock Lakes in central France earlier this week, however he claims he was solely anticipating to catch a number of carp.
“I knew it was a giant fish however I did not know the way huge till I noticed it,” mentioned 20-year-old Jack Griffiths, in line with SWNS. “I used to be astonished. We wanted greater scales to weigh it on. It is the most important fish I’ve ever caught.”
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Griffiths, a longtime fisherman, mentioned he was compelled to make use of “each muscle” in his physique to reel within the catfish, which weighed greater than two-thirds of what he does (147 kilos). He additionally put his fishing rod to the take a look at, because it was solely outfitted with 20-pound line.
“To say the rod I [used] wasn’t suited to this fish is an understatement,” he mentioned, including that it “stepped as much as the job.”
Griffiths launched the catfish again into the lake, however not earlier than he snapped a number of images with it, and never earlier than the fish left its mark on him.
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“This fish battered and bruised me,” Griffiths mentioned, per The Oxford Occasions. “I skilled aches and pains in locations I’ve by no means felt earlier than, however I certain wasn’t going to offer in.”
Griffiths’ earlier largest catch was a 33-pound carp.