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233/4lb trout set to put Ceri in the record book.

A WELSH fisherman landed the biggest catch recorded in Ireland for more than a century while on a short angling break.

Ceri Jones, from Porth, in the Rhondda, hooked the brown trout, weighing nearly 24lb (11kg) from Lough Corrib in County Galway on Saturday.

The specimen fish, unofficially the second largest on record, was landed in deep water near the lake's biggest island, Inish Goill.

If ratified by the Irish specimen fish committee as authentic, the fish will go down as a record for Lough Corrib, and rank as the largest trout caught in Ireland in 118 years.

Speaking about the trout which he caught using roach bait, he said: "When I hooked it first, I knew instantly it was a big fish. It was like hooking a car, the line just streamed off the reel."

The official Irish trout record, which has stood for more than a century, is held by William Mears who landed a brown trout of 26lb 2oz from Lough Ennell in 1894.

Mr Jones' trout was weighed by another angler at the water's edge at 25lb 2oz but was later weighed at 23lb 12oz, using a butcher's scale.

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Ceri Jones outside John Burke''s pub in Clonbur, Co Galway, with the 23lb 12oz ferox brown trout he caught on Lough Corrib
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 29, 2012
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