"There is no question about it, this is one of the greatest fish in the history of angling." These are the words of predator fishing legend Eddie Turner as he reacted to the sensational capture of the huge 45lb 8oz pike from the Norfolk Broads, exclusively published in last week¹s Angling Times.
The pike specialist, who has landed more thirties than just about anybody else, has joined the rest of the angling world in celebrating John Goble¹s predator the biggest to come from a river and the heaviest taken from the Broads.
Anglers including John Wilson, Matt Hayes, Des Taylor and Mick Brown have echoed the sentiments of Eddie and admitted to being stunned following the capture of the history-making specimen.
"Everyone I know is talking about this fish and rightly so because it¹s an inspiration to every angler out there," said Eddie. "John has proved that there are exceptional specimens that can make any fisherman¹s dream come true." AT columnists Matt Hayes and Des Taylor are of the opinion that many record captures have become too predictable, with the surprise element of the Broads giant reinvigorating a tired branch of the sport.
"It's a shame, but record fish have become a bit of a warm bath because it¹s often a case of the same fish and the same faces," said Matt. "This is different and encapsulates everything angling is about.² Des Taylor believes John's catch gives us all hope of that special capture." "An average snooker player can walk into a club and never have a chance of a 147, but angling gives everyday anglers the chance of achieving amazing things and this fish is proof." It's not just the size of the fish that¹s sparked a buzz in the angling world, but also the venue, too.
"The Broads have been almost forgotten in terms of pike in recent times, but fish thrive on neglect and the potential has always been there," said Go Fishing star John Wilson.
"Another reason why this catch is great is because this fish now has the chance to escape the big-fish circus and disappear into the vastness of the Thurne system, which is fantastic because it would be a shame if it was quickly caught again. A recapture wouldn't mean nearly as much." Derrick Aimes is a lifelong Norfolk piker who once held the British pike record with a Thurne fish weighing 42lb 2oz.
He said: "People used to say the Broads would never again do a fish as big as mine. I¹m truly chuffed the area has produced a pike of this calibre and it's only one meal away from being a British record." Predator angler Mick Brown believes the fish is an inspiration to everyone.
"It's about being in the right place and not giving up, which John has proven," he said.