32lb ‘best’ pike is a fish to Dai for

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THIS stun­ning pic­ture shows for­mer Dren­nan Cup cham­pion Dai Grib­ble cradling a new per­sonal-best pike that tipped the scales at an im­pres­sive 32lb 4oz.

To catch a 30lb-plus pike from a day-ticket venue is a rare feat, but the Ko­rum-backed spe­cial­ist was fish­ing Thames Wa­ter’s Far­moor Reser­voir when he smashed his pre­vi­ous pb that stood at 28lb 14oz, a fish from the River Wye.

The 32-pounder took a float­fished smelt pre­sented on a sim­ple rig made from 20lb braid, a wire trace and size 8 tre­bles.

“At first I thought it might be a big trout, but you can imag­ine how I felt when I saw the enor­mous frame of the fish as it rolled 5ft down un­der the boat,” said Dai.

“I’ve had some im­pres­sive fish in my time, but to have caught such a big pike from a day-ticket wa­ter is right up there with some of my best achieve­ments in fish­ing.”

Dai Grib­ble with his new pb 32lb 4oz preda­tor.

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