A trout wa­ter forty is fol­lowed by a 36-pounder in a re­mark­able dou­ble take

Angling Times (UK) - - FISH OF THE YEAR SPECIAL -

John Rush­worth, 40lb 2oz & 36lb 8oz pike brace, trout fish­ery

A HUGE pair of pike top­ping the scales at 40lb 2oz and 36lb 8oz were caught dur­ing what John Rush­worth de­scribed as ‘a day’s fish­ing he’s waited for all of his life.’

The 50-year-old took the larger of the two gi­ant preda­tors just 30 min­utes after cast­ing out a float leg­ered mack­erel hook­bait at an undis­closed 100-acre still­wa­ter.

He said: “The weather was ab­so­lutely hor­ren­dous, but we braved it out in the teeth of the wind and it paid off big time!

“I knew the fish was some­thing a lit­tle bit spe­cial when I hooked into it be­cause it just held its ground with im­mense power.”

After care­fully trans­port­ing the pike to the shore to pho­to­graph it, John and his boat part­ner headed back out to the same spot where he fin­ished his ses­sion in in­cred­i­ble style by bank­ing the 36lb 8oz se­cond half of his brace.

“I’ll never ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing like this for as long as I live,” added an elated John.

The big­ger half of John’s as­ton­ish­ing 76lb 10oz brace.

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