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A FIVE-year cam­paign to catch one of the UK’s big­gest pike fi­nally ended in suc­cess for Chris Darke when he slipped the net un­der this 41lb 12oz le­viathan.

The gi­ant preda­tor was taken on a free­lined ide dead­bait from renowned north­ern pike fish­ing venue Wyke­ham Lakes, in North York­shire.

Chris’s fish is re­ported to be the same spec­i­men which made the head­lines back in 2014, when his fish­ing part­ner Wyn­don Coole landed it for the sec­ond time at the record-shak­ing weight of 46lb 11oz – Eng­land’s big­gest pike ever.

TOP TIP: “On pres­sured waters it pays to try some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent – in my case a min­i­mal­ist rig and an ide dead­bait.”

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