An Eastleigh angler has landed Farmoor Reservoir’s biggest ever fish – a brown trout which weighed in at a staggering 17.5lb.
Fly fisherman Richard Martin hooked the monster from the banks of the
Oxford beauty spot.
His catch broke the reservoir’s previous record – another brown trout
caught in October 2008 – by 3Ib.
Mr Martin, 28, said: “This was by far the biggest fish I’ve ever caught. As it got closer I thought: ‘Blimey, it’s a whopper!’ It was a great feeling.
“I fish all over the country and Farmoor is the best fly-fishing spot I
Matt Prior, conservation manager at the reservoir, which is owned by Thames Water, said: “Farmoor is getting a name for seriously big trout. There are plenty more out there waiting to be caught.”
Farmoor is stocked annually with 30,000 high-quality rainbow and brown trout that double in weight by the end of the season.
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