RECORD-BREAKING fisherman has
landed what is thought to be the
largest stingray ever caught in
who runs Tony’s Fresh Fish stall
with his partner Kerry in Point
Clear Bay, caught the 72lbs 7oz
beast at Bench Head, two miles
record for a boat-caught
stingray in the UK was 72lb 2oz,
in the river Blackwater.
rod-caught stingray off the
Essex coast is 67lbs.
said: “There’s no real
economical value in stingray so
they are only really caught for
“If an angler
had caught it, it would have
been a dream for them - it was
even exciting for me to see it.
“I don’t know
what the position is for records
for commercial vessels and the
catch being officially verified.
on the beach had a balance which
only went up to 20lbs, so I used
my scales, which are accurate as
we sell to the public.”
He added: “I
always get asked by kids what my
biggest catch has been and
people are always interested.
after I caught it, I had phone
calls from anglers asking
whether it was true.”
was released back into the Colne
estuary within 15 minutes after
being weighed and photographed.