DARRELL CARTER showed you can, with care, land huge fish on frail tackle... when he managed to tame this huge catfish on ultra light perch tackle.

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Experienced big fish angler Darrell hooked the giant catfish at a complex on the Shropshire-Staffordshire border. He brought it to the bank using just a Black Savage 2-12 g rod.

The 46-year-old PR director said: “I accidentally hooked the beast while perching on very light lure tackle including 16 lb braid, a 10 lb fluoro trace, a 12 g Gunki Paddle Tail shad.

“Mid-afternoon I had a take and that started a game of tug-of-war for about 40 minutes.

“I have no way of knowing the actual weight as nothing I had was able to hold the fish, but I would guess around 50 lb.

“My PB is 80 lb, and I’ve seen lots of cats at the 45 lb mark.

“I was very happy with the cat, of course – it was a nice surprise and this season has been pretty special for me.”

Giant catfish tamer Darrell Carter has caught many other fine fish, including this mega tench of 12 lb 2 oz

Giant catfish tamer Darrell Carter has caught many other hefty fish, including this rotund tench of 12 lb 2 oz.

Darrell revealed: “I’ve had tench of 10 lb 7 oz and 12 lb 2 oz,  and a lovely 41 b 2 oz common carp.

“And this winter I’ve now had 12 perch over 3 lb, with two going 4 lb 3 oz and a fish the other week of 4 lb 7 oz.

“I’m now hoping I can bag a nice pike before the season is out,” concluded Ware, Hertfordshire-based Darrell.

Just weeks earlier, Angler’s Mail revealed how match angler Jake Hall tamed a 56 lb sturgeon from South Yorkshire’s Aston Park using a size 16 hook to a 6 lb trace and a feeder rod.

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