MATCHMAN turned specimen ace Richard Borley showed the potential of the River Thames with this 16 lb 10 oz giant caught it from an undisclosed stretch of a very coloured and rising venue.

The 53-year-old, from Loughton, Essex, who legered  a huge lump of luncheon meat, told the Mail: ‘There was so much rubbish coming through that I decided to use a braided main line. I was taken aback by the difference in playing fish compared to mono.

‘This fish went berserk from start to finish and I was clueless as to what sizes it was as it felt like it could be anything between 6 and 16 lb!’

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