Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

“FIGHT­ING this in­cred­i­ble fish was like try­ing to pull a car bon­net up from the bot­tom.”

Those are the words of Ben East­man from South Wales, who had a bat­tle on his hands when he caught this colos­sal 206lb skate from the shore.

The 24-yearold fished a mack­erel hook­bait from a mark in Oban, Scot­land with a group of friends dur­ing a trip that also pro­duced com­mon skate weigh­ing 210lb, 202lb and 92lb.

“This was the first time I’ve ever been skate fish­ing and just see­ing one huge fish would have been enough – but to do bat­tle with one like this is some­thing I’ve been dream­ing of since I was a boy,” said Ben.

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