220lb cat­fish

At 200lb-plus, this could be the big­gest fish ever on the tac­tic

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - IAN JONES News Ed­i­tor

landed on the pole!

AGIGANTIC 200lb-plus cat­fish has been caught – on the pole!

This is the eye-open­ing im­age of pos­si­bly the big­gest fish caught on the tac­tic – it cer­tainly sets a new per­sonal best for cap­tor Se­bas­tian Nash.

The 36-year-old from Par­cieux, France, hooked into the beast, along with a string of gi­ant stur­geon to 190lb and koi to 40lb, dur­ing an adrenaline­fu­elled seven-day trip at a pri­vate lake in Italy.

The Colmic-backed an­gler told An­gling Times what it was like to catch mon­sters on a method usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with tam­ing fish un­der 20lb.

He said: “It’s ab­so­lutely ex­hil­a­rat­ing – for me there isn’t a big­ger adren­a­line rush than play­ing a big fish on the pole.

“The fight of the big­gest stur­geon (190lb) was men­tal, as it took me 90 min­utes to tire out and bring to the bank.

“It nearly snapped me off twice as it swam round a big rock in the wa­ter!”

To cope with the pow­er­ful surges from ev­ery gi­ant hooked, Seb had to step up his gear, and fit­ted his 13m Colmic Karper pole with 5mm solid la­tex elas­tic – which he quadru­pled in his top kit to help fight against the power-packed preda­tors.

His main­line was braid with a break­ing strain of more than 165lb, and this was at­tached to a large hook car­ry­ing her­ring, sar­dine or an­chovy dead­baits.

“I caught steadily through­out the week, but found that morn­ings were the most pro­duc­tive, so I planned to be up ex­tra-early for the last cou­ple of days,” Seb added.

“That next morn­ing I had a very pos­i­tive take, fol­lowed by a mad 30-minute fight when the fish took me all over the swim and stayed deep.

“When I fi­nally got it to the bank I had to call my friend over to help me hoist this mon­ster on to two large un­hook­ing mats – a mon­ster that turned out to be a new per­sonal-best cat­fish mea­sur­ing nearly three me­ters in length. “I couldn’t be­lieve it. “Later that day I hooked a smaller cat­fish which even­tu­ally broke my pole!

“I think that was a clear sign that I’d caught too many big fish that week,” he added.

Seb’s 200lb-plus cat­fish taken on a pole! The pole creaks un­der the strain of a mon­ster cat.

Gi­ant stur­geon to 190lb were caught too.

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