TWO 'massive' mini species have been banked from lakes in the South West.

Ben Iles thinks he might have broken the British three-spined stickleback record with a beast he caught from a secret venue near Warmley in Bristol.

Local Ben said: “I’m not exactly sure how big it was but I’d say it was about 20 gr.

“I couldn’t believe the size of it and it managed to be hooked on a size 12 hook which I’d baited with a single red maggot.

“It was absolutely massive and it was the same size of my hand and I’ve got big hands.

“I might go back and target the sticklebacks on purpose as this fish just blew me away,” added Ben.

The official three-spined stickleback record is 4 dr – 7.09 gr – caught by mini species hunter Dennis Flack at High Flyer Lake in Cambridgeshire in 1998.

Giant minnow to schoolboy

And schoolboy Wilbur King got in on the mini action with this 14 gr minnow from a Devon lake.

The six-year-old from the Isle of Scilly, Cornwall, was float fishing maggot with granddad Chris Robbins. He took the titanic tiddler in the middle of bagging roach.

Wilbur King

Wilbur King and his jumbo minnow.

Chris said: “I thought it must have been some kind of record because we’d never seen a 4 inch long minnow before so kept it in a bucket until I’d had done some research.

“But this little minnow is now back in the lake to grow some more. Maybe when Wilbur is a bit older they may meet again.”

The official minnow record is 13.5 dr – 23.92 gr – caught in 1998 by J Sawyer at Whitworth Lake in County Durham.

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