32lb ‘best’ pike is a fish to Dai for
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.