LIAM BACKX had a bailiff to thank for landing this huge catfish called Doug The Slug at 73 lb.

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The huge catfish came from  at Lin Brook Carp Fishery in Hampshire.

Liam, from nearby Ringwood, told Angler’s Mail: “It was an epic battle and it nearly stripped me of line.

“If it wasn’t for a bailiff turning up on the boat as I had the big one I would have lost her for certain.

“What an experience it was though, 45 minutes of intense holding on for my life as I was on 15 lb line and a size 6 barbless hook.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to have had the chance of such a big fish in the UK,” added Liam, a 26-year-old builder.

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