Man uses aquarium fish to win fishing contest

A man won a fishing contest using stolen fish from an aquarium.

Matthew Clark took the £800 prize at the Bailiwick Bass Club Open Competition with a 13lb 13oz bass, defeating the runner-up who had a 10lb 3oz fish, but he came unstuck when fellow competitor Shane Bentley recognised one of the fish from an aquarium.

He is quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "My wife and I took the kids to the aquarium and saw the bass in the tank. It stood out because it had some very distinct markings on its head.

"Next morning, I went to the aquarium and asked to see the bass with the markings. But neither myself nor the owner could find it anywhere."

Clark admitted burglary and fraud and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

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