Ava’s catch of the day is a 5lb trout

PERFECTLY PINK: Ava-Leigh Hodgetts proudly displays her rainbow trout
PERFECTLY PINK: Ava-Leigh Hodgetts proudly displays her rainbow trout
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For four-year-old Ava-Leigh Hodgetts, there is only one colour in her rainbow – pink.

When she saw her dad Michael’s pink-striped rainbow trout catch of the day in the fridge at home in Bamber Bridge, she was so intrigued that she wanted one for herself.

And, on her very first outing, the diminutive angler caught her own five-pound rainbow trout which was almost as big as the youngster herself.

Michael, 30, said: “Ava is obsessed with pink so when she saw the fish in the fridge, she was made up that it had pink stripes on it.

“She kept pestering me for ages to let her get one of her own and to take her out fishing but I always said I would when she was a bit older.”

But pester power paid off for the New Longton All Saints Primary School pupil who finally got her way – and her fish – using a fly in her favourite colour.

On her first outing to Mere Brek fly fishing near Tarleton, Ava spent some quality time with her dad while dental nurse mum, Tracy, 31, was at work.

Michael said: “It was a lovely sunny, but cold, day and seeing as I was on leave for two weeks I thought I’d take Ava fishing.

“We’d only been there about an hour when she caught it, even with half of the lake frozen, and it took quite a while to bring in. The other people there couldn’t believe the size of the fish she caught and Ava was absolutely over the moon.

“She’s a really girlie girl so it was surprising that she actually wanted to come with me!”

On New Year’s Day, Ava took the fish to her grandparents’ house to show off her catch, which was enjoyed by the whole family.