Season’s biggest pike
● 42 lb 12 oz Chew giant ● 39 from Blagdon
HE biggest pike of the season has come out at 42 lb 12 oz, with Bristol
Water Fisheries continuing to dominate UK predator fishing.
As exclusively reported in the previous two Mail issues, British record pike of 48 lb 10 oz and 47 lb were caught by staff during ‘secret trials’ at Blagdon Lake over the past few years.
Now neighbouring Chew Valley Lake has done the first 40 of the season, at 42 lb 12 oz, after dozens of 30-pounders
Thad been caught. The captor is believed to be Matt Bridgewood, but he doesn’t want any publicity.
Chew also produced a 39 lb 4 oz monster ‘croc’ on a deadbait presented by Chester, Cheshire, pike ace Kevin Shore.
And last week fly-only Blagdon Lake produced its biggest pike in the official pike trials, with a 39 lb specimen tempted by Bromley, South East London-based Paul Sharman.
Paul said: “This amazing fish can only be described as the ‘pinnacle of my fly fishing career’. It probably won't be bettered, but I won't stop trying.
“She put up an amazing fight, but behaved well in the boat, and went back strongly.
“The fish was caught on a 12 weight rod, HD7 fast-sinking line, a 40 lb wire trace, and a Goldfish pattern fly, fished in
12 ft of water,” he added.
It was quite a few days for Paul, as he also had a 36 lb 4 oz fish from Chew, on a herring.
Top fly guide John Horsey said: “There is no doubt in my mind that allowing deadbaiting on Blagdon would quickly kill the fishing.
“At 440 acres, it is a much smaller water than Chew, with no roach and limited numbers of bait fish, and there is a far smaller head of pike, although those that are there go big.
“It has been noticeable that even with fly-only fishing, the fish have become more wary, with far fewer 20s coming out in the second week,” he added.
Pike ace and guide Martyn Cattermole, who runs Angling Adventures Ltd, commented: “On Chew this October, there have been around 30 fish reported over 30 lb, with ten of them over 35 lb, and four times as many 20s – fantastic fishing by anybody’s standards.”
■ This 39 lb pike is the biggest so far in the pike fishing sessions at Blagdon. It was a fine reward for Paul Sharman. ■ The 48 lb 10 oz and 47 lb Blagdon pike that Angler’s Mail exclusively revealed.