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TWO pike for 76lb – not some­thing I ever thought I’d see – and to the same an­gler on the same day (see pages 8 and 9). Not that long ago the record was 37lb 8oz, and that had stood for years.

I know that trout reservoirs have made a huge dif­fer­ence, vir­tu­ally rewrit­ing pike lit­er­a­ture, but I am still con­vinced this is more to do with the fish be­ing pro­tected rather than ham­mered, which they un­doubt­edly would be on, for ex­am­ple, the Broads.

I don’t think it will be long be­fore some­thing sim­i­lar hap­pens with perch, al­though re­stric­tions on lure size in many reservoirs make them dif­fi­cult to tar­get, and fly fish­ing isn’t per­fect for th­ese preda­tors.

I’m not sure about zan­der, which seem to do bet­ter in flow­ing wa­ter, but who knows? in the not too dis­tant fu­ture those re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing our record lists may de­cide to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween var­i­ous cat­e­gories of fish­ery – specif­i­cally rivers and still­wa­ters.

One of John Rush­worth’s mas­sive pike. That’s a 45ins mat it’s ly­ing on, by the way!

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