NEVILLE FICK­LING: Bri­tish Record Pike

Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -

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TROUT reser­voirs have come to dom­i­nate catches of mon­ster pike in re­cent years

But just over 30 years ago the rivers were still the place to go in search of a record, as Neville Fick­ling proved in Fe­bru­ary 1985 by catch­ing a 41lb 6oz Bri­tish best from the River Thurne in Nor­folk.

The catch was taken on a leg­ered frozen smelt, and beat the old record of just over 40lb which had stood for 18 years. It marked the end of a long cam­paign on the fa­mous water­way for Neville.

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