A British fisherman has been caught out telling a whopper.
Matthew Clark, 29, claimed the STG800 first prize in the
Bailiwick Bass Fishing Club competition in Guernsey with a
6kg bass he claimed to have hooked in the English Channel.
However, the fish, with its distinctive markings, was
recognised by a fellow competitor as a specimen that had gone
missing from a local aquarium, British newspaper The Daily
After initially denying he stole his winning catch, Clark
admitted scaling a cliff and climbing a rope ladder to access
the aquarium and scoop the creature from its tank on the eve
of the contest in July.
Clark this week pleaded guilty to fraud and theft and has
been ordered by a magistrate to perform 100 hours of