An 11-year-old boy has become the youngest angler to catch a 100lb-plus fish in British waters after hooking a gigantic nine-stone sturgeon – that weighed more than he does.
Joseph Brockhouse battled for 30 minutes before eventually hauling the 126-pound beast to the surface during a camping trip with his dad and younger brother last month.
He had been fishing for two days on a private 10-acre lake near Manchester when he landed the prize fish which was two feet longer than he is tall, and in credible two-and-a-half stone heavier.
Joseph's dad Lee, 43, and brother Alex, 10, were needed to help lift the 6ft 8ins long monster in order to pose for a photo before they threw it back into the water.
Incredibly, Joseph also managed to break two more personal records during the weekend by landing roach and perch weighing more than 2lbs.
Married dad-of-three Lee, of Nuneaton, Warks., said: "To say he was over the moon is an understatement.
"We spent two days on a private lake which is owned by my friend and Joe had a very successful trip to say the least.
"He was chuffed to beat two personal bests for roach and perch and then on the Sunday morning he got this sturgeon.
"My mate had told me it was in there but it's a 10-acre lake so we thought it might take some finding – and even then we had to catch it."
Joseph hooked the sturgeon using a halibut pellet and a three-and-a-half pound rod.
Property manager Lee added: "It took him 30 minutes or so but he managed it, I was really impressed because it put up one hell of a fight.
"I'm not sure I would have known what to do at his age but he's been fishing since he was six, so he reeled it in like an expert.
"We all did okay and caught 80 fish over the two days.
"We fished day and night and stayed in tents, it was a brilliant trip. Obviously this catch topped off a great weekend."
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Joseph, who has since turned 12 since the fishing trip last month, said: "It gave me an amazing fight, taking 30 minutes to land.
"Once we got it in, my dad and brother had to help me lift the fish for a photo.
"We had 80 fish between us on that session, and I also had roach and perch to 2lb, as well as five carp over 20lb."
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