Great pike, but should it count as a per­sonal best?

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

TOM Bray’s 30lb pike pic­tured in last week’s Angling Times was a mag­nif­i­cent fish, but I wouldn’t be count­ing it as a per­sonal best.

He was fish­ing for carp with a boilie and there­fore the amount of skill re­quired to bank the pike was re­duced.

There would have been no home­work to find the fish and no thought be­hind his tactics. There­fore, in my eyes, it is nowhere near as re­mark­able a catch when com­pared to some­one who ac­tu­ally goes in search of a fish this size and even­tu­ally suc­ceeds in putting it on the bank.

Ac­ci­den­tal cap­tures might make nice photo op­por­tu­ni­ties but they shouldn’t be counted on a list of per­sonal bests.

Brian Palmer, Ruis­lip

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