25lb predator falls to whole mackerel

An early morning assault on a large northern stillwater produced this 25lb 4oz pike for Gord Burton.

The highly regarded predator expert took to the water just after first light and decided to use a whole mackerel deadbait in a deeper area of the venue.

It didn’t take long for the big fish – which is his second 20lb-plus specimen since the turn of the year – to find the bait and after a powerful scrap it was netted on the first attempt.

Several other pike to 19lb were also taken on the day by the ‘Piking Pirate’, with his son Walker getting in on the action with fish to 16lb.