ARE WE HEADING TOWARDS TWO RECORD LISTS?
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!