An enormous fish, which proved to be the small Lopkitis Piscatorius of Linnaeus, was taken, a few days ago, in, the following singular, manner. A young man, who was bathing In the river Medway, near St Margaret's, fortunately observed it making towards him; much alarmed, he instantly altered his course, and swam rapidly to the shore, which he gained, closely followed by the voracious animal A man who was passing at the moment with a long branch of a tree, lowered the top of it, into the water, which the fish seized, and was with some difficulty drawn upon land and killed., Its jaws, when extended, were sufficiently wide to take in the head and shoulders of a man; it measured in length upwards of five feet, and round the swallow three feet one inch, and weighed a full one hundred weight. Presumably Lophius piscatorius Angler or Monk Fish
The Cambrian 26/8/1815
CAPTURE OF A STURGEON IN THE MEDWAY.
On Saturday last a fisherman, named Jenkins, while fishing in the river Medway, a short distance above Rochester- bridge succeeded in capturing a remarkably fine sturgeon which on being brought to land was found to measure six feet in length, 29 inches in girth, and to weigh 72 lbs. By the ancient charters of the city, all sturgeons and certain other fish caught in the Medway are the property of the mayor and corporation of Rochester. The fish was accordingly presented to the mayor, who immediately forwarded it by the principal water-bailiff as a present to her Majesty, the sturgeon being what is termed, a royal fish.
Cardiff & Merthyr Guardian 10/5/1862