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Anglers catches same 30-pounder twice in a minute

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Anglers catches same 30-pounder twice in a minute

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.

 The fish, Patch, is named after an area of missing scales

The fish, Patch, is named after an area of missing scales

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.

 The fish weighed 30lb 8oz 

The fish weighed 30lb 8oz 

“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!”  

 The fish was weighed and photographed only once

The fish was weighed and photographed only once