Rutland Water has produced its biggest pike in many years following the capture of this impressive 33lb 4oz predator.
The specimen, which measure 114cm in length, was boated by Artur Brzozowski who was fishing for zander at the time with a 15cm shad lure in an area of deep water on the 1,000-acre Anglian Water controlled venue.
The 35-year-old owner of online shop, www.lure-world.com, had already caught several zander with his boat partner when he hooked in to the surprise specimen.
“My friend had caught pike from the spot in the past so I knew there was a few there, but I didn’t expect anything of this size,” Artur told Angling Times. “Because the water was so deep I didn’t see just how big it was until I got it alongside the boat.”