Nothing too crazy but in the past I’ve caught a mallard that I had to play in the air before getting it under control and landing it. Signal crayfish a couple of times, horrible things. And probably the weirdest thing was whilst waggler fishing many years ago, the bites had inexplicably dried up so I reeled in to check the hook bait and found a roaches eye ball on the size 20 hook! Hooked fair and square like an expander. I never did catch the rest of it.
Several ducks over the years but one in flight in Marlow Town centre on the Thames one summer evening.
Plenty of flounders up to around 8 oz around Keynsham on the Bristol Avon, quite a way from the sea.
Best was a catapult at Tunnel Barn Farm. Usual summer tactics, fishing shallow at 5 or 6 metres and hooked an F1 12" deep. At some point, the fight changed from clearly pulling against the elastic to a static (and lighter), dead weight. The bloke next to me started shouting "you've got to net your fish" when i clearly wasn't going for the landing net but then couldn't stop laughing when I swung a Matrix catapult in. I had the last laugh though - 205 lb, match win and bonus catapult. Result.
Two Channel catfish from the Tidal Trent some 26 years ago. A guy from Sheffield photographed the first one, which then featured in the Anglers Mail. They were black and smooth with spiked gills, tiny top fin, flat head with 4 long whiskers. I think they may have been put in the hot water area of the local power station before being flushed into the river. Someone said they were probably fish from a fish tank originally, but they were both big for aquarium fish. One was 3lb 11oz and the other 2lb 4oz. I have also had a 9lb Wels catfish out off the Tidal Trent on work when bream fishing. An absolute nightmare to get in, but a fantastic experience.
Nowt more than a moor hen. Got it in quick but gentle, threw my coat over it to calm it down (you want to cover its eyes), quick discorger and away it went a bit shaken but not shaken enough to stop trying to eat my ropey 10 day old slightly floatey maggots.
I was fishing the Humber with a mate, when we both reeled in, and were amazed to see an eel of about a pound and a half come up between us. We'd both hooked the eel in the mouth, not sure who would have weighed it in if it had been a match.
Had a canny size eel take a slow retrieved sprat and hooked on a treble hook and wire trace.
canny mess to untangle and glad I had my greys side cutters to cut the wire.
A strange experience hoping for a follow off a pike to see a eel appear from nowhere and latch onto the spear.