‘I THOUGHT IT WAS A SNAG. THEN IT STARTED TO MOVE’

31lb 8oz pike boated from Fen­land pit

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK - STEPHEN STONES As­so­ci­ate Edi­tor

LEWIS Porter ad­mit­ted to be­ing ‘on cloud nine’ af­ter boat­ing this new per­sonal best 31lb 8oz pike dur­ing a ses­sion afloat on a large Fen­land gravel pit.

Fish­ing along­side boat part­ner Matt Rand on the 100-acre venue, the pair caught more than 30 pike dur­ing an ac­tion-packed day, all of which fell to lure tac­tics.

Lewis, who lives in Lin­colnshire and works for tackle gi­ant Fox, said: “When the fish hit the lure ev­ery­thing just went solid. To be hon­est I thought I had hooked a snag… but then it started mov­ing!

“Af­ter a few min­utes it rose up in the wa­ter next to the boat and Matt said ‘That’s the big­gest pike I’ve ever seen’, which cer­tainly got my knees knock­ing. We didn’t see the fish again for 10min­utes as it pro­ceeded to pull the boat around, and I was a bag of nerves the whole time be­cause I was us­ing a lure with only one set of tre­bles. Thank­fully ev­ery­thing held firm and we soon had the beast in the net.”

Lewis used a 14cm-long Fox Rage Pro Shad Nat­u­ral Clas­sic lure in Su­per Nat­u­ral Perch colours to tempt the huge preda­tor, which beat his old per­sonal best by 20z.

Another piker cel­e­brat­ing a pb this week is Ste­wart McCan­dlish, who slipped his net un­der a huge 36lb 2oz fish five hours into a day ses­sion on an undis­closed venue in the Lake District.

The 26-year-old, from Sed­bergh in Cum­bria, leg­ered a popped-up her­ring at 40yds to beat his old best for the species by more than 17lb. He mounted his baits on size 6 tre­bles and a 40lb wire trace.

Lewis Ported boated this 31lb 8oz pike from a 100-acre Fen­land pit.

Ste­wart McC­lan­dish’s 36lb 2oz pike.

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