25 Jul, 2009 @ 00:00
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A tiddler lands the fish record

SHE has set a world record for fishing at age 11.

Incredible as it may seem 4ft 10ins Jessica Wanstall was able to land this giant 9ft catfish, which weighed twice as much as her.

On her annual holidays in Spain, six stone Jessica managed to reel in this monster, which tipped the scales at 13st 8lb.

Taking just 20 minutes, Jessica from Kent caught the fish on the Ebro river in north east Spain.

She said: ‘I didn’t realise just how big it was until I saw the photos afterwards. I look tiny next to it.

‘My dad thought it was going to be a small one and I told him it didn’t feel small when I picked up the rod. It was really hard work pulling it in and my arms turned to jelly.

“My dad helped lift it on to the bank and I just laughed when I saw it. It was massive.”

Her father Mark, a 49-year-old engineer, helped return the catfish to the river after his daughter’s triumph was photographed.

He said: ‘Jessica normally catches tiddlers but just loves a day’s fishing.”

According to the International Game Fish Association, Jessica has set a world record for a freshwater fish caught by an angler aged 16 and under.

The previous record – a 120lb Nile perch – was caught in Uganda in 2000.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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1 Comment

  1. That was one of the coolest story’s i have ever read. Ive read articles were people caught giant Catfish like that at the bottom of the ocean. Cat fish is also one of my favorite fish to eat for anybody who likes eating fish catfish it’s a pretty good fish to eat.Another story was about giant squid

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