First Time Angler Catches Monster Trout on River Aire

Its been a while since weve seen anything like this come out of local rivers !

A 7 1/2 lb Brown Trout was caught by a first time Angler in the River Aire – Bingley Length.

Novice angler – Brendan Bailey  , 23, caught the ‘zoo creature’  after purchasing a starter kit from KL Tackle , Keighley and a Bingley Angling Club Yearbook.
He has been recovering from a serious accident some years ago and had to have the assistance of a friend to land the fish which took more than 1/2 hour to get in.

The  fish fell to a maggot on the feeder after a short while of Brendan starting to fish.

Just goes to show you that there are some very big fish where you least expect them!


8 Replies to “First Time Angler Catches Monster Trout on River Aire”

  1. Hi

    I have just read the report of the 7 1/2lb trout caught on the Aire well done Brenndan. I also fish the Aire further upstream near Skipton & also have had a similar sized Brown trout whilst dead baiting for Pike in January the fish took a 6″ hearing on the drop.

    Again well done these fish will be talked about for many years to come.


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    • Hi Paul – soory for the late reply! There wasnt an official weight but approx 7.5lb big hook jaw! I have seen what i think was an even bigger one a year or so ago – but due to diffraction ect it’s difficult to put a figure on it. I would push the boat out and put it into double figures though! The River Aire has some very big natural fish in it now – on all the local Keighley, Bingley & Saltaire lengths. Trout and Grayling are becoming specimen size. I personally have trout in excess of 5lb and Grayling pusing 2lb and above on a regular basis at the said venues. There are not many waters in the country that can claim this – and Im still in disbeleif of what the Aire (as a once “dirty” river is capable of throwing up. Just goes to show that combined efforts over the years have made the Aire a formidable place to fish. The introduction of Barbel is also a great thing , and I am sure we will see the river going from strength to strength over the coming years.

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