Empingham angler Tom Cooper shattered a 20 year record at Rutland Water when he landed a monster brown trout at the reservoir.
Fishing with his brother Richard, Cooper caught the fantastic 17lb 6¼oz brown trout on Thursday evening last week.
The previous record of 14lb 12oz was set by Stephen Rose in 1993 and Cooper’s record-breaker is set to be preserved at the fishing lodge for years to come.
Cooper, whose previous best weighed in a mere 12lb, said: “I’ve caught nothing like that before.
“I could see it straight away so I knew it was a monster.” After a 15 minutes struggle in the North Arm of the reservoir, the fish was caught and not only had Cooper set a new record, he also caught a 7lb brown that was returned to the water, and a 5lb 8oz rainbow, making it three fish for nearly 30lb.
It was a memorable week for the Cooper family with Tom’s brother, Richard, claiming the top individual spot in the Anglian Water Airflo Northern final at Rutland Water just a few days earlier and father, Gary, got in on the act in landing the biggest ever fish in the Tuesday Night Boat League.
The 8lb 14½oz fish was the week’s biggest rainbow trout and a personal best for Gary.