JOHN GOBLE: Big­gest-Ever River Pike

Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -


IN March 2009 an unas­sum­ing 62-year-old from Cais­tor-on-Sea, near Great Yar­mouth, hit the head­lines by catch­ing the big­gest-ever pike to come from a Bri­tish river - weigh­ing in at a colos­sal 45lb 8oz!

John Goble, who had moved to the Broads 20 years pre­vi­ously to cap­i­talise on the re­gion’s preda­tor fish­ing sport, used a float-leg­ered mack­erel and caught the fish on his only run of the day at lunchtime. It smashed his pre­vi­ous best for the species, which stood at 35lb 10oz.

John told Angling Times: “Af­ter land­ing and weigh­ing the fish I was a fum­bling, shak­ing wreck for the rest of the day. It left me in tat­ters.”

As well as be­ing the big­gest from a river, John’s pike is also the heav­i­est ever to come from the Broads and the largest non-trout wa­ter pike in his­tory.

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