ROY LEWIS: 46lb 13oz Llan­degfedd Pike

Angling Times (UK) - - 50 GREATEST CATCHES -

7BRITAIN’S big­gest pike ever landed is a fish weigh­ing 46lb 13oz, and it’s an in­cred­i­ble record­break­ing catch that’s re­mained un­chal­lenged for 24 years.

Roy Lewis made his­tory in Oc­to­ber 1992 when he won the bat­tle with the huge preda­tor dur­ing his de­but ses­sion at the fa­mous Llan­degfedd Reser­voir in South Wales.

Just 15 min­utes af­ter leav­ing the shore, it was a lure that the Mid­dle­sex an­gler ‘threw into his tackle box at the last minute’ that was re­spon­si­ble for the ag­gres­sive take that saw the fish dive be­neath the boat from which he and his fish­ing part­ner Terry Stiles were fish­ing.

“It was a short fish and as fat as a pig – it had a sim­ply enor­mous girth,” re­called Roy.

“We phys­i­cally strug­gled to get it into the boat and I think it was then that we both re­alised that the fish was some­thing spe­cial.”

The drama con­tin­ued when it came to weigh­ing the mon­ster. A lo­cal farmer saved the day when he drove to the res­cue in his JCB with a set of farm scales.

The vast venue in Pon­ty­pool first hit the head­lines in 1988 when it al­lowed pike fish­ing for the first time and pro­duced four fish over the mag­i­cal 40lb mark.

Over the next few years Llan­degfedd pro­duced two Bri­tish records for the species – the first fall­ing to rugby star Gareth Ed­wards in 1989 at 45lb 6oz, fol­lowed by Roy’s 46lb 13oz fish in 1992.

The vast­ness of Llan­degfedd Reser­voir.

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