ANGLING coach Michael Salisbury decided on a campaign to catch the biggest mandarin catfish in the UK – but didn’t expect to catch it on his first attempt.

Michael tackled Crowsheath Fishery in Essex where his debut session produced the fish nicknamed Manderjim at 66 lb.

The 40-year-old from Shoeburyness, Essex, explained: “It isn’t my UK PB as I had that just three weeks ago from Mark’s Hall Fisheries in Essex at 68 lb so I’m having a good run at present!

“It was my first session on the catfish lake at Crowsheath and the mandarin was definitely the one I wanted, but I never expected to catch it on my first attempt! So needless to say I’m pretty chuffed with that!

“It was caught by freelining half a tin of luncheon meat into a hole in the weed. As the fish became weeded, I had to take to a boat to land it, and after being towed around for 30 minutes it was finally in the net.

“Terminal tackle used was Katran Synapse Camo main line, 40 lb Catfish Pro Catlink braid, and a size 1/0 Catfish Pro Eagle Wave hook,” he added.

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