It was a dream start to the year for South-West angler Danny Parkins when the 26-year-old hooked into this 27lb pike on his first session of 2011.
Fishing a drain on the Somerset/ Dorset border, the agent for Topwater Lures was working a five-inch cannibal shad on an 8g Owner jig head when the big fish struck from under a willow branch in an 8ft deep pool.
“I retrieved about six winds of the multiplier and it went solid,” Danny told AT. “I thought it was just caught on the willow’s roots, but then I felt a massive head-shake and it went straight for the reeds on the other bank. When I got it out I could have sworn it was a thirty, but it weighed in at bang-on 27lb. I also had a 2lb perch in the same session.”