'Lost pike' is back on the hook an hour later

It was second time lucky for John McKie when he banked this 28lb 7oz pike from a Cambridgeshire stillwater ¬ he’d lost the same fish just an hour earlier!

In a mad two-hour spell the Market Deeping, Lincolnshire rod, fishing with partner Kevin Taylor, shared a 12-fish catch which also included pike of 22lb 12oz and 21lb 6oz. All the fish fell to fresh half mackerel baits, presented under float leger set-ups cast 60m from the bank.

John, who kicked off the session with a 17lb 10oz fish two hours after starting, said: “Shortly after the first fish I hooked something very heavy which I couldn’t do anything with ¬ it just kited around, then the hooks pulled!

“An hour later the float went again and I felt the same heavy resistance, followed by more kiting around the swim for three or four minutes. I didn’t give it too much stick because I didn’t want to lose it again!” said John.

He reported that bites were very finicky, with plenty of dropped runs, so the duo took to striking as soon as the floats disappeared.

They used 40lb braid, 25lb wire traces and size 6 trebles.