BIGGEST PIKE OF SEASON...ON A FLY
37lb 3oz specimen taken from Bristol’s famous Chew Valley
The biggest pike of the season has been landed on fly tackle at a whopping 37lb 3oz.
Alan Smith from Swindon was the captor at the prolific Chew Valley Lake in Bristol, where he landed the new personal best during a guided session with Fox Rage predator angler Kevin Cox.
The pair were on their third trip to the venue together in the last few weeks, which have also seen a 31lb 13oz esox for Kevin’s rod, plus three other twenties. A homemade pike fly tied on a size 1 hook proved the downfall of the biggest fish, in conjunction with 20lb fluorocarbon and a 28lb wire trace. Fishing in 9ft-12ft of water close to the weed beds in the margins, the take came in mid-morning. “Within five seconds of Alan striking into the pike it threw itself 2ft clear of the water and tail-walked,” said Kevin. “It was a heart-stopping moment and we both immediately realised how big it was. Almost all the big fish we’ve been getting recently have come in the morning, and this was no exception. It was the typical plodding fight of a Chew fish. We managed to get it in the boat after five minutes, and as you can see from the picture Alan was over the moon! When we set out I’d promised him a 20-pounder, but I didn’t think we’d get one like this – it was phenomenal!” he said.
Alan used a 3ins-long fly tied by Kevin, who is adamant that the pike are eating coarse fish in the venue, not its huge stocks of trout. With plenty of tinsel, the fly was designed to imitate a small silverfish. A barbless hook is easier to unhook and is safer in case of casting accidents from a boat, according to Kevin.
“We only had three pulls all day but this fish made it more than worthwhile! I was very happy for Alan and it was a simply awesome fish to see,” said Kevin.