32lb pike smashes personal best by over 10lb

Lee Bennett has been enjoying a rich vein of form, banking this 32lb 2oz pike from a midlands gravel pit just days after landing a 17lb River Trent barbel at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old from Bedworth smashed his personal best for the species by more than 10lb after he adopted a roving approach to target a number of different of swims on the lake to try and locate the fish. “I was about to give up and go home as it was getting dark but I saw a huge fish surfacing and cast towards it and then reeled back in slowly with a dead roach,” he said. “Because of how the bait is hooked it causes it to wobble on the retrieve and it worked a treat.”

Lee beat his prize with the help of two Fox Excess size 6 trebles, a 25lb wire trace and 30lb braided mainline.

“Most people wouldn’t agree but I think the pike was harder to catch than the Trent barbel as fish of this size are very rare from non-trout waters. I’ve never heard of any pike bigger than 25lb being caught from this lake in the past,” he added.