_A woman who took up fishing to see more of her angling-mad boyfriend has become a record holder after catching a 215lb catfish. Alexa Turness, from Holland Park, West London, landed the giant while on holiday in Spain after battling to reel it in for half an hour. It was more than 1.5 times the 28-year-old's weight and 8ft 4in long. It is the biggest freshwater fish caught by a British woman anywhere in the world and beats the previous record by a pound.
__Miss Turness easily outdid her boyfriend Kim Hamilton, who could only muster a fish weighing 189lbs during their trip on the River Segre in northern Spain. Miss Turness, an events director, said: 'My boyfriend is really into fishing so when we got together seven or eight years ago I got into it too. It was a case of go fishing with him or don't see him.'_