Pike from the past
There are a few fish from the past that could have fitted into this list. Tommy Morgan’s reported 47 lb 11 oz monster from Loch Lomond in 1945, which many believed in, but equal numbers doubted its existence.
A genuine 40-pounder has recently been reported from Lomond, so I’ve changed my views slightly.
July 1945 and the war was over. Netting of salmon in the sea and in estuaries was probably reduced to a very low level (minefields tend to put fishermen off!), so there would have been six years of improved salmon runs into Loch Lomond.
Who knows what might have happened to pike growth during that time. Pike respond to change just like any wild animal.
I should mention the 50 lb 12 oz pike found dead by Mick Toomer at The Warren Fishery, Essex, in 1995. That could have been the record if it had been caught on rod and line.