THE first truly big catfish of 2016 has been matted – at a whopping 127 lb 4 oz.

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Mark Fasey took the fish from Norfolk’s Oakwood Park Lakes – formerly called Witch Lake – and it is possibly the biggest in the UK.

Essex-based Mark explained: “It was the first fishing trip of the year. Me and my mate Bradley arrived in sunshine but this soon turned to wind and rain.

“It was just after 8 pm when my Hutchinson 12 ft 3 lb rod sprung into life.

“It gave an epic battle and roughly 40 minutes later we got it in and it was well over 6 ft long.

“We also had another cat of about 30 lb but didn’t weigh it. Roll on our next trip – who needs France when we have Oakwood Park.”

Mark offered mackerel on a size 1 Eagle Wave hook with a 70 lb hook length of 60-70 cm with a 3 oz lead.

This is just a short version of the full story that appeared in Angler’s Mail printed magazine. Get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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