Boy, 11, becomes youngster angler to catch 110lb-plus fish

Boy, 11, becomes youngster angler to catch 110lb-plus fish

David and Gill-iath: Boy, 11, becomes youngest angler to catch 110lb-plus fish after 30-minute battle to hook 6ft 8in sturgeon that weighs NINE STONE (that’s bigger and heavier than him)

  • Joseph Brockhouse, 11, caught a fish 26ins longer and 2.5st heavier than him
  • Caught the fish while on a fishing trip in private 10 acre lake near Manchester 
  • Father Lee, 43, and brother Alex, 10, had to help him lift the 6ft 8ins prize fish 

An 11-year-old boy has become the youngest angler to catch a 100lbs-plus fish in British waters after hooking a whopping 9st sturgeon – which weighed more than him.

Joseph Brockhouse battled for 30 minutes to haul the 126lbs beast to the surface during a camping trip with his father and little brother last month.

He had been fishing for two days on a private 10 acre lake near Manchester when he landed the prized fish which was 26 inches longer and 2.5 stone heavier than himself.

Joseph Brockhouse, 11, caught a fish 26ins longer and 2.5st heavier than him while on a fishing trip on a private 10 acre lake near Manchester last month. Pictured with his father Lee, 43, and brother Alex, 10

Father Lee, 43, and brother Alex, 10,had to help lift the 6ft 8ins (2m) long monster in order to pose for a photo before they threw it back into the water.

Incredibly, Joseph also managed to break two more personal records during the weekend by landing roach and perch weighing more than 2lbs.

Married father-of-three Lee, of Nuneaton, Warks., said: ‘To say he was over the moon is an understatement.

‘We spent two days on a private lake which is owned by my friend and Joe had a very successful trip to say the least.

‘He was chuffed to beat two personal bests for roach and perch and then on the Sunday morning he got this sturgeon.

Joseph landed the prized fish which was 26 inches longer and 2.5 stone heavier than himself

‘My mate had told me it was in there but it’s a 10 acre lake so we thought it might take some finding – and even then we had to catch it.’

Joseph hooked the sturgeon using a halibut pellet and a 3.5lbs rod and was able to bring the catch in all be himself from the banks of the lake.

Property manager Lee added: ‘It took him 30 minutes or so but he managed it, I was really impressed because it put up one hell of a fight.

‘I’m not sure I would have known what to do at his age but he’s been fishing since he was six, so he reeled it in like an expert.

Joseph has become the youngest angler to catch a 100lbs-plus fish in British waters

Joseph also managed to break two more personal records during the weekend by landing roach and perch weighing more than 2lbs

‘We all did okay and caught 80 fish over the two days.

‘We fished day and night and stayed in tents, it was a brilliant trip. Obviously this catch topped off a great weekend.’

Joseph, who has since turned 12 since the fishing trip last month, said: ‘It gave me an amazing fight, taking 30 minutes to land.

‘Once we got it in, my dad and brother had to help me lift the fish for a photo.

‘We had 80 fish between us on that session, and I also had roach and perch to 2lb, as well as five carp over 20lb.’

Record-breaking catches in the UK 

Largest fish caught off the UK coastline

Andrew Heslop, from Cardiff, caught an enormous bluefin tuna off the coast of Neyland, near Pembrokeshire, in 2017. 

The large fish weighed 505lbs – as much as a grizzly bear – and took around two hours to reel in. 

He was taking customers shark fishing with his own charter company when he discovered the huge tuna.  


Andrew Heslop, from Cardiff, caught an enormous bluefin tuna off the coast of Neyland, near Pembrokeshire, in 2017 (pictured)

 Largest freshwater fish caught in a UK lake

James Jones, from Southminster, Essex, reeled in a wels catfish which weighed a whopping 144lbs in 2012. 

The father-of-three spent two hours fighting to bring the giant into the bank, before he eventually landed it with the help of two other fishermen. 

The catch was so big that 5ft 6in tall James and his pals had to haul the animal onto land using their bare hands because the rod could not cope with the bulk.

James Jones, from Southminster, Essex, reeled in a wels catfish which weighed a whopping 144lbs in 2012 (pictured)

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