Big pike don’t come much better looking than this 27lb 14oz specimen taken last week from the River Waveney by Simon Humphrey.
It’s a fish that the Lowestoft, Suffolk-based rod knows well, as it has graced his net already this season at a slightly lower weight.
This time around, Simon braved gale-force winds and torrential rain at a location just below Beccles on the Norfolk waterway, where he found the resident pike stocks in obliging mood with fish of 12lb and 18lb 10oz also falling to his lamprey hookbaits.
He said: “The weather was truly atrocious, so bad in fact that I almost returned home at one point. Thankfully I stayed put, because the fish were clearly up for a feed. When I was playing the big one, I saw its length and its big head and instantly began to wonder if it was the same pike I’d caught 14 days ago on a paternostered livebait. My suspicions were confirmed as I lifted her into the boat and instantly recognised her stunning markings. I don’t particularly like recaptures, but being such a beautiful specimen it was fitting that she became my new personal best.”
Another angler getting in on the river pike action this week was Barry Seabrook, with a 27lb 2oz fish from the Kentish Stour.
After struggling to wade through the smaller specimens in his opening sessions of the season, the Herne Bay-based rod finally latched into something more substantial during a short stint.
“I’ve taken pike over 20lb in the past so I knew it was just a matter of being patient. I’m now after my first ‘thirty’ and I reckon there is a good chance I could bag one this winter from this river,” explained Barry.
The predator falls just over 2lb short of Barry’s personal best and was taken on a float paternostered sardine.