ANTHONY PEARCE broke the unofficial mandarin catfish record in the UK when he matted this 74 lb 4 oz cracker.

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Anthony Pearce

The rare catfish, known as ‘Manderjim’ as it has yellow mandarin markings, picked up half a tin of luncheon meat on a size 4 Catmaster hook to 20 lb line during a 72-hour session.

Anthony’s friend Dave Ing had to jump in the margins to land it after it buried its head in a big ball of weed.

There is no official catfish record in the UK after a review of the lists, but this mandarin is reckoned to be the heaviest of its kind.

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