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THE big fish world has been buzzing with the incredible news that the mahseer record has been smashed with a 130 lb 10 oz giant to a hush-hush angler.

Endangered mahseer in India are one of the most sought-after sport fish in the whole world but pollution, habitat change and commercial fishing have severely restricted numbers and specimen sizes.

When Great Britain had its empire and had India as a colony in the early 20th century,  English anglers couldn’t believe the quality of fishing with numerous 100 lb-plus specimens, with a record at 120 lb.

But now ton-plus fish are extremely rare – about one every four years.

For more on this amazing story, including reaction from globetrotting angler John Bailey and Classic Angling’s Keith Elliott, read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.