JOHN GOBLE: Biggest-Ever River Pike
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.