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15-06-2013 : ANGLER LANDS GIANT CATFISH

An angler in Northamptonshire has caught a giant catfish after a two hour battle during which he was dragged into a lake.

Daniel Sibley, 21, of Blaby, Leicestershire, landed the masive 108lb 4oz fish while angling for carp with a friend.

The catfish, caught at Bluebell Lakes in Northamptonshire, is thought to be one of the heaviest ever landed with a rod and line in Britain.

Mr Sibley said After the fish took my line I realised what it was, I just had to get straight in and try to get some of the line back because I had half a reel's worth of line out.

I found myself out of my depth a few times,I was doggy-paddling until I could touch the bottom again.

After posing for photos with the fish, he put it back in the water and it swam away.

You will not encounter any giant catfish on your Canal Boat Holiday but you will be able to fish for a variety of other species.

The canals are easily accessible and free to explore and they are the ideal destination for fishermen.

What better way to spend the day than stepping off your Canal Boat straight onto the canal bank to fish.

You will not need to carry your equipment along the tow path or travel any great distance just moor up and away you go.

You will need a rod licence and these can be purchased from any local Post Office or from the environment agency.

Look out for the signs as sometimes fishing is prohibited as the rights are owner by local fishing clubs.

The close season on British rivers is between 15th March and 15th June but you can fish on canals at any time .

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