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Blind grandmother gets a record catch

Sheila Penfold is a 56 year-old grandmother from Wansdworth in London. Sheila was on holiday in Spain with her husband, Alan and son Arthur when she caught the monster 214lb catfish. Her husband and son directed her as she fought for 30minutes with the catfish. As she wrestled with the huge catfish she was rewarded with an entry into the record books. She was the first British woman to catch the biggest ever freshwater fish.

Mrs Penfold who is partially blind said “I was exhausted but elated afterwards. The record has taken awhile to sink in. I’m still walking around with a smile on my face. But it goes to show that just because you are blind it doesn’t stop you breaking records like this. I had three rods lined up on the bank and when one of them tipped over Arthur told me which one it was. I grabbed hold of it and was immediately pulled towards the water. Luckily I managed to stop myself and I started to reel it in. But for some reason I turned round and said that I didn’t think it was going to be a big one. Then all of a sudden it took off again and it took the line of the reel. When it broke the surface of the water Alan told me it was a big size. I saw it for the first time when it was near the edge and it looked a monster.”

It took Alan, a 62 year old retired gardener, Sheila’s son Arthur and two colleagues to heave the catfish out of the water and onto the weighing scales. Sheila had a photo taken with the fish and then she put it back into the water safe and sound.

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Source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1244379/Grandmother-Sheila-Penfold-lands-monster-214lb-catfish-enter-record-books.html, 19th January 2010

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