39lb pike more than dou­bles Ben’s per­sonal best

Angling Times (UK) - - MEMORABLE QUOTES -

Ben Booth, 39lb pike, Grafham Wa­ter

THE FES­TIVE pe­riod is al­ways a time that preda­tor an­glers ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate.

And sure enough, as the New Year ar­rived Ben Booth was re­warded for brav­ing the el­e­ments when he landed one of the big­gest pike ever to come out of Grafham Wa­ter in Cam­bridgeshire – a huge fish weigh­ing 39lb.

The Wat­ford, Hert­ford­shire rod had never caught a pike over 20lb be­fore, so he and his fa­ther John were shocked when the mas­sive fe­male croc broke the sur­face after a pow­er­ful fight.

Ben was fish­ing a Sav­age Gear eel im­i­ta­tion lure to tempt the gi­ant, which dou­bled his for­mer per­sonal best for the species.

Ben Booth’s 39lb Grafham Wa­ter pike.

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