World-class effort pays off for Shaun Sillett in Evening News Angling Direct Specimen Catch contest

Lowestoft angler Shaun Sillett's potential world record thin-lipped mullet is the pick of a crop of top quality entries for the latest Evening News Angling Direct Specimen Catch award.

Shaun got more than he bargained for during an evening session on Oulton Broad when he reeled in the 7lb 9oz specimen, which beats the existing record fish caught in Cornwall by over eight ounces.

Using bread on a size 12 hook to 5lb mono hook length and 6lb braid main line, he had embarked on the session hoping to bag up with the resident bream shoals. But the magnificent mullet gave him a run for his money.

'I thought I was going to lose it, They go like torpedoes, they have such raw power. At first I thought it was a tench or a carp. After the third run out it actually surfaced and I could see what it was,' said Shaun, 40, from North Parade.

Shaun is pursuing his world record claim with the International Game Fishing Association.

Whatever the outcome it will always be a fish of a lifetime in his eyes. 'As far as I am concerned I know I caught a world record fish, These fish are so hard to catch, I have only ever seen one caught on rod and line from Oulton Broad in the last five years.'

He wins �100 worth of Angling Direct tackle vouchers for his efforts. Andy Flint, Anglng Direct branch manager commented: 'It's a tremendous capture of an unusual species and a worthy winner. We wish him well with his record claim.'

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Perch fan Marcus Wyatt's delightful 3lb 2oz river specimen went close to a prize. He caught the handsome personal best stripey on classic stick float tactics using double red maggot on the River Yare near Postwick.

'I do a lot of perch fishing but also focus on chub and pike. My main focus is to break the 4lb perch mark and I'm sure the Yare will turn up a fish of the size over the autumn. I wouldn't be surprised if the river got national attention for its perch over the next few years,' said Marcus, 24, of Vincent Road, Norwich.

A personal best 27lb grass carp for Norwich angler Steve Lathwell also caught the judges' eyes.

Steven, from Bowthorpe Road, caught the fish at Taswood's Broadwing Lake just after a thunder storm. It was caught using a small pva bag with broken up cell boilies, with a cell hookbait boilie popped up of the bottom.

All species of fish – coarse, sea and game are eligible for entry in our monthly competition. All catches must be made on a Norfolk water, including the Broads system in Norfolk and Suffolk, or off the Norfolk coast.

All entries must include a usable picture of the fish with captor and include details of the species, weight, venue, date and time of catch and, brief details of tactics. The name, age and contact details of the captor along with contact details of someone who can vouch for the catch must be included. �100 worth of tackle vouchers is the prize each month, with a �50 prize for the best entry submitted by a junior (under 16) angler.

All entries must be submitted to enspecimencatch@archant.co.uk You can enter via the website or email direct using your mobile device.

Don't forget to attach a picture.

• To send in your entry - with your picture attached - click the link at the top-right of this page

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