A WOMAN who has been too unwell to fish for two years landed a monster catfish which weighed 7 lb heavier than she does.

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Catfish captor Sharon Allport suffers from anorexia and Addison’s disease but loves to get out on the bank when she can.

She celebrated her 42nd birthday with a four-night session with her husband and friend Tom to Yateley Match Lake in Surrey.

They were after the noted carp water’s catfish… and landed a whopping 68-pounder.

Guildford, Surrey-based Sharon told Angler’s Mail: “Fishing helps me through my illness and I must say it was the best birthday present ever, one I will never forget.

“When my reel screamed off, and I hit into it, I was like ‘wow!’ I could feel my heartbeat in my mouth. It was an amazing fight, like cats do, for the best part of 40 minutes.

“It was such hard work and I was sweating so much that my husband had to yank my hoody off, but I was determined to land the monster even though it was hard to reel her in.”

Delight to land fish 7 lb heavier than herself

Sharon told Angler’s Mail: “When she was in the net I couldn’t believe what I saw, the size of her, I was full of adrenalin and shouted ‘Yes’, I was so happy.

“As the scales went round to 68 lb I couldn’t believe my eyes, the buzz was so unreal, and the size of the cat was 7 lb heavier than me.

“I’ve never seen a freshwater fish so big in my whole life, and I’ve been fishing nearly 20 years,” she added.

Sharon used two 16 mm Northern Nev Liver & Krill boilies on a size 6 SWG Deception hook, 45 lb Ballistic braided hooklink and 30 lb braided main line, and baited with 2 kg 14 mm glugged pellets.

The group also had three other cats going 47 lb, 44 lb and 28 lb during the trip.

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