Chew 30 sets pike tar­get for 2016

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THIS is the pic­ture of one of the big­gest pike of the year.

The pointer on the scales went round to 30lb 8oz for a fish boated by Mar­tyn Cat­ter­mole when he spent the day afloat on the UK’s finest spec­i­men pike venue.

Chew Val­ley Lake in Som­er­set has pro­vided hun­dreds an­glers with per­sonal bests for the species, and the 58-year-old from Bris­tol was cel­e­brat­ing fol­low­ing the cap­ture of his big­gest-ever fly-caught pike.

He was drift­ing over 12ft-13ft of water when the huge preda­tor took his bait.

“It felt as if the fly was snagged on the bot­tom un­til it started mov­ing away, then be­fore I had time to think it stripped 30ft of line and a bru­tal scrap with the fish be­gan,” Mar­tyn told An­gling Times.

“I had three at­tempts to net the fish and I saw the fly was only just in the cor­ner of its mouth. I was brick­ing it, think­ing that the hook would pull any minute.”

Mar­tyn Cat­ter­mole with his 30lb 8oz pike.

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