A bass fishing trip in North Wales turned into an incredible session for tope.
Fishing at a beach near Barmouth, Gwynedd, on September 16, Lee Hunton, of Crewe, Cheshire, caught a tope estimate at 40lb (it was 5ft 6in long).
The big fish was caught on a Greys BZE Bass 1-3oz rod and a Penn fixed-spool reel loaded with 15lb mono, with a running leger rig with size 3/0 hook and a Ammo frozen sandeel as bait. The fish took 15-20 minutes before Lee’s dad Tim could tail it.
“The fight was spectacular, with numerous screaming runs and the fish jumping clean out of the breakers," said Lee.
In the same incredible session Lee caught two small-eyed rays between 2-3lb, and his dad lost a large ray and caught a 4lb 8oz bass. They also lost two tope that chomped through their rigs