Catching big fish doesn’t always require tackling big venues…just ask schoolboy Keiran Sage, who banked this impressive 33lb 2oz summer pike from the upper reaches of a small southern river.
The 12-year-old, from Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, was enjoying a day’s roving with a single rod set-up on the River Axe in his home county when the huge predator took a liking to his floatfished herring tail – almost trebling his personal best in the process.
Keiran revealed how the mighty fish flung itself free of the water and surged from bank to bank in a bid for freedom, forcing him to run along the bank in a bid to keep up with his quarry during an epic struggle lasting half-an-hour.
“I was just about to move swims at midday when my float shot under. I struck into the fish and my rod literally bent double,” said Keiran.
“A few minutes into the fight the pike started tailwalking and racing all over the place – it was an incredible scrap. When we netted it and took it up the bank for unhooking, my friend Harry and I just stood there looking at it. We were gobsmacked!” added Keiran.
The capture capped a highly successful session, during which Keiran had already taken a personal-best 12lb fish earlier in the morning along with seven other smaller jack pike.
All Keiran’s pike fell to floatfished deadbaits presented on a single barbless treble hook, a 20lb wire trace and 10lb mainline.