Weighing nearly 24lbs (11kg) the jumbo brown trout was landed by Welsh angler Ceri Jones, a regular visitor to the area, which is considered to be one of the best wild brown trout fisheries in the world.
Last year Mr Jones caught a 19lb (8.6kg) trout on the same stretch of water, but this year’s catch is his personal best.
He used a ‘roach deadbait’ and played the fish for an hour before making it the one that didn’t get away.
Mr Jones, who works as a freelance photographer with the British angling magazine Trout Fisherman, and who regularly publicises Ireland in his work, is intending to have the fish stuffed and displayed in Burke’s Bar in the small village of Clonbur on the Galway-Mayo border, where he was staying during his fishing trip.
Ireland offers the perfect destination for fishing enthusiasts, combining premium angling with welcoming accommodation to suit all budgets.
With an extensive network of unspoilt, well-stocked rivers and loughs, it offers one of the best locations in Europe to fish for wild trout.
Ireland also boasts 5,000km of spectacular coastline, perfect for sea angling and offering year-round fishing opportunities.
In September the country will host the Lakelands & Inland Waterways World Pairs Event which will be the richest match fishing event in the world.
Open to anyone, the competition will take place in the famed fishing counties of Fermanagh, Monaghan, Cavan and Leitrim, part of Ireland’s Lakelands & Inland Waterways region, and offers a staggering £60,000 (€71,600) prize package.
The event will feature 160 pairs of anglers and has already attracted international attention.