Oaktree Fishery has to my knowledge just the one catfish that gets caught from time to time growing ever larger each time well done to the latest captor ;-
Chris Blythe caught the Oaktree Wells Catfish at just over 57lb on a Pop-up Pinky
Fishing on Peg 1 during a 24hr session
The Oaktree catfish was first caught back in the late 90’s and I received this fascinating account of this first capture from Andy Sanders.
I’ve just been reading the article about the oak tree catfish and found this photo for u. I was the first person to catch the catfish way back in the late 90s at a weight of 17lb. I was fishing with friends and had a drop back at 6.30 in the morning. I was yelling to my friends that I’d caught the catfish but neither belived me and would not come out their bivvies. I caught it on a cranberry boilie. Hope this is of interest. Andy.
Matt Stanbury and Kate Hudson had a cracking week at Anglers Paradise. Matt caught a personal best 64lb 8oz Catfish and a stunning fully scaled Mirror from the Main Carp Lake, and Kate caught a new personal best 32lb 8oz Catfish from the Easy access Lake.
They also had a night to remember on the Easy Access as in 24hrs they landed 6 Catfish and lost one. The Cats went 23lbs, 26lbs, 27lbs, 28lbs, 32lbs, and 36lbs. Their arms were aching after all that hauling!!
Most of the fish were caught on DNA baits SLK boilies in 26mm with a bit of pepperami.
Matt shared –
“Thank you once again for a wonderful week. You and the family always make us feel welcome.”
Brian and Nicki Krakow joined Anglers Paradise for the first time last week and both caught personal best Carp and Cats! Brian caught his 1st ever Catfish at 20lb 5oz from the Octopussy and then went onto catching another personal best at 39lbs!! Nicki also caught her 1st ever Cat from the Octopussy!
Matt Thomas visited Anglers Paradise in search of catfish with his partner Beth. Matt banked a brace of catfish weighing 30lb and 32lb. Beth banked personal best carp of 15lb. Catfish are amongst the hardest fighting fish in UK waters.
THE CATFISH ARE ON THE FEED!
Here we have Adam Whitehouse with just one of the many Cats he and Stacey Mulqueen caught between them from the Main Carp Lake, this one weighing in at 64lbs!
WELL DONE ADAM!
Make sure you TUNE into TALKSPORT2 and listen to Fisherman’s Blues with Nigel Botherway on Sunday 5th July at 7.30am as he will be joined by Stacey Mulqueen to talk about her massive 94lb Wels Catfish and becoming the New Record Holder!
THE NEW ANGLERS PARADISE COMPLEX CAT RECORD HAS BEEN CAUGHT!!!
Massive Congratulations to Stacey Mulqueen who has caught a massive 94lb Wels Catfish from the Main Carp Lake making her the new ‘Catfish Complex Record Holder’!!
(Below) Zenia Gregorek has also been getting in on the catfish action banking a fine fish of 35lb that is a personal best from the Eldorado Day Ticket cat lake. As always Zenia shared the joyful experience with her young family.
Matt Thomas decided that the hot weather would be good for catching catfish and headed for the West Country top cat venue to try is luck. He struck lucky on his first foray after the species banking a beauty of 33lb 6oz.
Matt commented :-
“Have well and truly got the bug now! Such an amazing fight with these powerful fish! As always, had an amazing time away from reality with my hot little side-kick! We even managed to stalk a few carp off the surface and Beth got her first one!! Good times..already can’t wait to return!”
Aiden Prouse age 7 from Barnstaple fished Anglers Paradise with his dad mark and caught his first catfish 20lb 10oz He was delighted to have tempted a fish of such a size; it will hopefully be the first of many big fish he catches.
Chris Flook from Ivybridge in Devon caught his biggest ever Wels Catfish at 72lb 2oz from the Specimen Carp Lake at Anglers Paradise. Fishery owner Zyg Greogorek believes that this is the biggest Wels Catfish born and bred in the UK which is one of the offspring of an original stocking in the early 90’s following a long fight with MAFF to get official permission to stock them. The original fish were stocked as 10” babies which were born in the UK. A couple of original fish are now over 100lbs.
If Carlsberg made Fishing weeks then this would be right up there!! Scott Brown had a week he’ll never forget and achieved Angling dreams he never thought would come true!! The start of the week he had a 65lb Cat from the Specimen Cat Lake. Then he went on the Main Carp Lake and had Carp 22lbs, 21lbs, 20lbs, 18lbs & 16lbs. He had Catfish of 27lbs & 20lbs from the Easy Access, 12lb Grass Carp from the Tench Lake as well as lots of big Golden Tench, Koi, Crucians, Rudd, Orfe and a Blue Tench for Dad too!
Scott’s story –
The highlight of the entire holiday was a 72 hour session on The Kracking Carp lake here’s my story. Arriving early morning the lake had two other anglers on in peg 1 and peg 2 so I decided to head to the total opposite end of the lake hoping that the lower angling pressure that end would increase my chances.
After some careful baiting of crushed Nash Scopex Squid, hemp and sweet corn I got my casts spot on with a good land. The first day and night went without a bleep but I knew I’d got everything right so I decided to not recast or add more bait yet the patience paid off as at first light the left hand rod slowly beeped away I struck into it and immediately knew this felt a good fish. A slow and ponderous fight which normally indicates a big fish took place as the fish rolled I couldn’t believe my eyes with the sheer size of it, i knew straight away I’d hooked the legendary Silverback! Guiding her over the landing net was one of my greatest angling moments I was buzzing! 52lb 3oz a new Pb and my first ever 50lb carp.
That afternoon the Baliff came to see me and I said I’d had Silverback so the Parrot was next on my list, never in my wildest dream did I think this would become reality. But about the same time the next morning the alarm screamed off and a much more aggressive fight took place. A much darker fish came up to surface and I saw the distinctive mouth that gives the fish it’s name. Knees shaking at this point I managed to land the beast at 47lb 2oz! That session will live long in my memory as one of my greatest angling achievements, 11 oz off a 100lb total from just two fish will more than likely not be repeated fir me ever again. Both fish came on Nash Scopex squid absit I have had total confidence in ever since its release and after results like this I can’t see me deviating from any time in the near future. A brilliant holiday and one that’s going to take some topping, but I’ll be back again next year as always and give it my best shot.”