SCHOOLBOY George Marsden enjoyed a birthday treat on Nottinghamshire’s River Trent when he landed this huge sturgeon.

Dad Andrew couldn’t weigh the fish, as he’d left his digital scales out in the rain, but he estimated it at well over 20 lb.

Andrew said: “We had a week-long trip on the Trent, on the A1 Pits stretch.

“George was targeting barbel, and after a handful of ‘doubles’ this turned up.

“I’d estimate it at around 30 lb, but to be honest I haven’t a clue.

“The fish was caught two days before his tenth birthday. George said it’s the best birthday present he’s ever had.

“His ambition is to catch every British freshwater fish, and he’s been getting down the list quite well.

“I told him last year that a sturgeon and a salmon would most certainly elude him. He’s out to prove me wrong,” added Andrew, who lives in Clowne, Derbyshire.

Andrew uses sardine chum called Amorce Strouille.

Andrew uses sardine chum called Amorce Strouille.

The successful tactic was sardine flesh wrapped in a mesh bag and soaked in krill liquid for two days.

This was presented with a size 6 hook alongside a 7 oz pellet feeder.

Andrew buys sea fishing sardine ‘chum’ called Amorce Strouille, and creates a 20 mm barrel with the mesh and soaks it for two days.

Successful tactics was sardine meat wrapped in a mesh bag and soaked in krill liquid fished with a size 6 hook and a 7 oz pellet feeder.

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