Hampshire Avon produces personal best pike after 3-year wait

A three-year campaign to land a personal-best pike ended for Kevin Blanchard when he netted this 21lb 14oz specimen from the Hampshire Avon.

The Fareham-based rod had come close to beating his old best of 19lb on numerous occasions, before finally reaching his goal when the fish took his legered sardine offering during a session in the popular Parlour Pool area on The Royalty stretch.

After spending two hours trotting livebaits without a bite, Kevin decided to change his tactics and was rewarded with a 10lb specimen before the lump took the bait on the next cast.