A KEIGHLEY angler with a reputation for netting large fish from the River Aire has triumphed for the second time.

Matty Whitaker, who had previously landed a 12lb 7oz river pike, used luncheon meat to bring a specimen 8lb 2oz brown trout to the bank on lower reaches of the Aire.

Earlier on, another Keighley member reported catching a 7lb 4oz trout higher up the river. Both fish were safely returned to the water.

Chairman Bob Granger said: "It is always encouraging to hear of catches like these; it proves that trout and other species are flourishing in our clean waters despite the presence of predators including otters, mink, cormorants and goosanders that are often seen in or around the river."

A series of matches for more experienced anglers has continued throughout the year.

The latest round was won by Rob Carter, although second-placed Kenny Wright can count himself unlucky after narrowly failing to net a large barbel, which slipped his line.

Meanwhile, Keighley Angling Club is preparing to host another coaching session for 12 youngsters from the Brathay Trust.

Each will receive expert tips on fishing techniques and learn about the invertebrates that provide the staple diet, which enable many fish to thrive.

Last year, a similar event was hailed a major success after encouraging several young people to take up the sport.

Granger said: "We are proud to carry on mentoring young people, it is important for their welfare and life skills development, and also for the future of angling.

"We need to encourage as many youngsters as we can to take up fishing and get out into the countryside.

"Our partnership with the Brathay Trust helps us to achieve this."