Predator fishing fan John Tipper reached a memorable landmark in his career when he banked his first ever 30lb pike.
The Gloucester-based angler had spent all winter targeting various club waters in the region and finally netted the huge specimen he had dreamed of since he first started pike fishing over 50 years ago.
A large half mackerel deadbait presented around 60 yards out did the trick, with the fish finding bait just after midday.
“The fish stormed off as soon as it found the bait and when it finally gave up we struggled to get it in the net!” explained John, whose previous best stood at 22lb.
His winning rig was made up of a 17lb X-Line, a Drennan trace and size 6 semi treble hooks.