is pictured with the record breaking 25 Ib trout which he
caught on Lough Corrib. ingKlix Photography
CATCH OF A LIFETIME Ceri Jones is pictured with the record breaking 25 Ib trout which he
caught on Lough Corrib.
Pic: ingKlix Photography
For over an hour Welsh man Ceri Jones
nervously and patiently played with his
monster prey in the deep waters of Lough Corrib.
was determined he
was not going to lose him.
knew it was a big one but could not believe his
eyes when the monster brown trout emerged from the depths to the surface.
"I hadn't seen the fish but as soon as it reached the surface, my knees started to shake," the 46 year old from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales told The Mayo News
had reeled in the largest brown trout caught in Ireland in 118 years, officially weighing 23lbs 12 oz.
When it was caught, it weighed a whopping 25 lbs 2oz before it dried out on the journey to the shore.
has been fishing on Lough Corrib since 1987.
He works as a freelance photographer with British angling magazine Trout Fisherman, which allows him to 'mix work with pleasure'.
Every year he
comes to Clonbur, but unlike the majority of anglers, he
only goes after the big fish - fish that turn to cannibalism and feed on other fish in their own species.
Last year, he
landed a 19 pounder.
Not satisfied, he
was determined to break his
personal best when he
went out alone on the boat on Saturday morning.
epic battle with the trout, Ceri
also had to fight the large swell created by the strong wind and avoid crashing into rocks.
As one stage, he
had lost it, bur he
was determined to hold on.
dined in style after catching his
19 pounder, Burke's increased the weight to 19 lbs 9 oz.
Tomás quipped that the first thing Ceri
told him after making the catch was that he
The trout has now gone to a taxidermist and will be mounted on the wall of Burke's in a couple of weeks.
The joke around Clonbur is that it is so big it will need planning permission.
Ceri returns to South Wales on June 10, but plans to return to fish on Lough Corrib.
believes an even bigger fish is out there in the waters, waiting to be caught.