TO CATCH a 44-pound fish once in a lifetime would be enough for most anglers, but to do it twice in a week is the incredible achievement from Matt Bullas.

Last week, he stunned onlookers by catching one of the biggest carp called ‘Big J’, weighing in at 44lb 12oz, at Blackthorn Fishery in Oswestry.

And now he has ‘unbelievably’ caught the same fish again only five days later at 45lb managing to catch the excitement on film this time.


He admitted he was left delighted.

“This has been an amazing couple of weeks of angling for me,” he said.

“I’ve been working hard and putting in a lot of effort to keep refining and building my experience to improve my carp angling.

“The rewards have been fantastic and I am over the moon with my 16 captures including four 30 pound-plus and two 40 pound-plus carp in a matter of days.”

Matt had fished at Blackthorn’s Pines Lake, battling the effects of weather driven by Storms Isha and Jocelyn.

Last week, his impressive haul of 14 carp across two sessions included, “Big C”, at 31lb 9oz and a carp named “The Scorpion” at 35lb 5oz. 

Matt then went on to match the achievement again by landing one of the largest carp in the main lake at Blackthorn Fishery “Big J” weighing in at a whopping 44lb 12oz, as well as “Bullseye” at 33lb 5oz.

In his latest haul, as well as recatching the monster carp “Big J” at 45lb, Matt also caught “i Fish” at 30lb. 

Charlie Hughes, owner of Blackthorn Fishery, said: “Last week I commented that I didn’t think it would be long before we saw Matt back and enjoying his carp fishing journey.

“But I couldn’t have predicted that he would catch “Big J” again so quickly and continue this journey in such spectacular fashion.

“This is an unprecedented feat at Blackthorn Fishery. 

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“To catch one of the largest fish in the lake is impressive but to do it twice in five days is absolutely unheard of. 

“We are excited to see what Matt does next.”

Matt's future plans are to become a top UK carp angler, continuing to invest time on the bank and fish multiple new venues to continue advancing his career in carp fishing.