IS it a whale? Is it a shark? No, it's a 6ft, 102lb catfish, caught by one intrepid fisherman from Oxfordshire.

Jack Giffiths, 20, from Abingdon, landed this leviathan while fishing at Rock Lakes in central France this week.

The lucky hunter was astonished, especially as the waggler rod he was using is designed to catch fish up to 20lb.

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He told the Oxford Mail: "To say the rod I wasn’t suited for this fish is an understatement.

Oxford Mail:

"This fish battered and bruised me; I experienced aches and pains in places I’ve never felt before, but I sure wasn’t going to give in.

"The rod certainly stepped up to the job and just after the 50 minute mark of the fight this beauty gave herself up."

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He added: "This will be a memory I will never forget."