A massive trout, weighing 9.38kgs (20lb 11oz), was caught on Lough Derg this weekend.
This photograph, sent to us by Clare Virtually (via Twitter – https://twitter.com/clarevirtually), shows the French angler who landed the fish which was released immediately after.
The trout caught this weekend is marginally smaller than the 23lb 12oz trout, the largest caught in Ireland in 118 years, which was landed by Welsh Angler Ceri Jones on Lough Corrib in May 2012.
One of the largest fish ever caught on Lough Derg was landed near Killaloe on the morning of May 9th, 1862. According to The Limerick Chronicle of May 13th, 1862, Patrick Sheehy and John Naughton landed the 90½lbs Pike near Derry Castle, some four miles up from Killaloe. Not alone was it a record for the lake, but Fred Buller in his book, ‘Doomsday Book of Mammoth Pike’, claims it is a world record as well that has stood to this day.