An angler caught his first UK 30-pounder – then claims he caught the same fish again less than a minute after releasing it.
John Gowdy, 34, was enjoying a birthday session at Burton Carp Pit in Staffordshire when he hooked into his long-held target fish, a distinctive-looking common named Patch.
He said: “I saw a nice fish show in the margin. I’d just turned up, really, and had an old chopped-down white pop-up on my rig from fishing the week before.
“I cast it out where I saw the fish show and kept on sorting my gear out and it’s gone screaming off.
“It gave me a right good seeing to but I landed it and it was my target fish, known as Patch.
“I managed to get the rod back out while waiting for a mate to come take a pic. It weighed 30lb 8oz and was my first UK 30 and a new pb.
“We got a nice pic and released it down the bank from me. I walked back to my swim and heard my alarms going off again – the same rod on the same spot.
“I was thinking ‘what the hell?’, but it turned out to be the same fish – it must have only been 10 seconds [since I released it the first time].”
The second capture was witnessed by two of John’s mates and the fish was released without being weighed or photographed again. John added: “I could not believe it!”