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Two pike for 76lb 10oz are the high­light as UK preda­tors continue to feed

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

“We braved it out in the teeth of the wind – and it paid off big time”

TWO huge pike with a com­bined weight of 76lb 10oz have topped a week to re­mem­ber for preda­tor an­glers across the UK.

The spec­i­mens tipped the scales at 40lb 2oz and 36lb 8oz, and were taken dur­ing what Pre­ston, Lan­cashire, an­gler John Rush­worth de­scribed as ‘a day’s fish­ing I’ve waited for all my life.’

The 50-year-old en­gi­neer had never caught a pike over 30lb un­til a visit to an undis­closed 100-acre trout fish­ery saw him break this land­mark with fish weigh­ing 31lb 4oz and 21lb 8oz. But the best was yet to come. He re­turned the next day and just 30 min­utes af­ter cast­ing out a float-leg­ered mack­erel he set his hooks into the fish of a life­time.

“All the other boats on the wa­ter headed to the more shel­tered ar­eas be­cause the weather was hor­ren­dous, but we braved it out in the teeth of the wind – and it paid off big time,” John told An­gling Times.

“I knew this was some­thing re­ally spe­cial be­cause it just held its ground with im­mense power.”

John and his boat part­ner care­fully trans­ported the pike to the shore, and af­ter weigh­ing and pho­tograph­ing his catch he headed back out to ex­actly the same spot... where he fin­ished his ses­sion in in­cred­i­ble style.

“I just couldn’t be­lieve it when I saw that no other boats had moved into the area,” John con­tin­ued. “It must have been too windy for them.”

“Then we were away again and a big thirty was soon in the net. I’ll never ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing else like this for as long as I live.”

This 36lb 8oz pike was the smaller of John’s brace.

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