“I was gobsmacked”, said the 42-year-old from Castleblayney.

He continued:

“I’ve only recently started coarse fishing on Lough Muckno and went along to the golf course section at Concra Wood.  I cast a six ounce roach deadbait into deep water in the hope of tempting one of the lake’s many big pike then switched the bite-alarm on and then sat back and waited. 

Fifteen minutes later the alarm went off and there was a surging run and a fight that lasted ten minutes (I was using 12lb line) before I caught a glimpse of its bronze flanks.
It was then another 30 minutes before I managed to get in into the landing net.”

Sadly the big brown trout was exhausted and despite great efforts by Steve and local fishing tackle dealer Les Harris, the fish died.  The amazing fish is to be mounted and displayed in the Horseman’s Inn, a popular pub with local fishermen.