This cracking 20lb 3oz pike gave Sam Edmonds an incredible fight on his light spinning gear.
The Hertfordshire-based 20-year-old boated the impressive specimen from Grafham Water while fishing with his dad, Gary.
Sam said: “When we arrived it was flat calm and sunny – not ideal conditions for pike. We decided to have a change of plan and fish jigs and drop-shot rigs for perch and zander.”
Despite the change in tactics his first fish of the day was a small pike of around 6lb which grabbed his purple Berkley Ripple Shad.
“10 minutes later I had an almighty whack and hooked into a very heavy fish – I knew straight away it was a good pike by the way it was tearing off line. It was an incredible fight on my light Abu Veritas spinning rod and 1000 sized reel,” he added.