A man who claimed he had caught a giant rainbow trout that landed him a place in the record books has confessed that it was all a fishy lie.
The fish was found on a bank (pic: Angling Times)
Clive White, of Andover, Hampshire, admitted he had found the huge 36-pound and 14-ounce fish on the banks of the trout farm where he had spent the day in April 1995.
The 35-year-old father-of-two said the lie had haunted him ever since, costing him his marriage to his 26-year-old wife, Lucy.
It is thought to be the first time a record book entry has later been exposed as a lie.
'Shock and disgust'
The fishing world has been left reeling from the confession.
Steven Partner, news editor at the Angling Times, the publication to whom Mr White made his admission in a letter, said: "I think there is two schools of thought over this.
"One side is shock and disgust that this guy has cheated," he said.
"But then some people are beginning to show a begrudging respect for the man to have come clean after all these years, even though the record has not been broken."