Huge pike caught on a boilie!

Now cap­tor vows to do a lot more se­ri­ous preda­tor fish­ing

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News edi­tor

TOM Bray be­came the envy of preda­tor hunters across the UK when he landed this im­pres­sive 30lb 1oz pike... on a boilie!

This is only the sec­ond pike that the 21-year-old has ever caught, and it gave him his only bite dur­ing a ses­sion at a day-ticket wa­ter in Cam­bridgeshire.

A crit­i­cally-bal­anced boilie topped with a popped-up piece of im­i­ta­tion corn was too much for the preda­tor – which beats Tom’s 17lb per­sonal best for the species – to re­sist.

“At first I thought it was a small carp. It was shak­ing its head and giv­ing a de­cent ac­count of it­self as it neared the net,” said Tom.

“I prob­a­bly would have put the fish back with­out weigh­ing it, but then it rolled over in the net and I couldn’t be­lieve the girth of the crea­ture.

“My mate, who’s a keen piker, came down to see it and he was blown away, so there was no way I was go­ing to slip this one back with­out weigh­ing it prop­erly and get­ting a few shots.”

Tom, from St Ives, Cambs, had never se­ri­ously tar­geted pike be­fore this re­cent trip to his lo­cal carp wa­ter, but in the light of this ac­ci­den­tal cap­ture he’s now ad­mit­ted to an urge to fish specif­i­cally for them this win­ter.

“I’ve never fan­cied fish­ing for pike in the past, but this fish has changed my mind,” Tom con­tin­ued.

“I know I’ve been very lucky to catch this fish of a life­time, be­cause an­glers fish for years and never catch a 30-pounder.”

Carper Tom Bray and his shock pike of 30lb 1oz.

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