Youngster banks 33lb river pike

A schoolboy who’s only been pike fishing two months became the envy of thousands of anglers when he banked this huge 33lb 8oz river specimen.

Morgan Gledhill was fishing with his Grandad on a stretch of river in Yorkshire when he set the hooks into the biggest fish of his life and a predator that will certainly turn heads in the specimen fishing circles.

After just an hour of being on the bank, the 13-year-old from Hull smashed his previous personal best for the species by 15lb 8oz after the pike picked up a sardine hook bait that was fished in conjunction with a simple running leger rig.

“The fish was so heavy and me and my Grandad knew it was big, but it was a real shock for me when I saw the pike for the first time and I was so scared that I was going to loose it,” said Morgan.

“It took me about 15 minutes to get the pike to the net and as soon as it went in it was hard to believe how fat it was.

“I fish for carp in the summer and pike in the winter and it’s been my dream to catch a fish over 20lb, but even though I’m young I realise how hard it’s going to be to ever catch a pike bigger this especially from a river.”

The huge fish provided Morgan with his only bite of the session and his Grandad his full of praise for the youngster, who took him on his first pike fishing trip last October.

“I’ve been pike fishing for over 30 years and not only does it beat my personal best of 32lb, but I’ve only ever seen one bigger predator in the flesh,” said Tony.

“This is an incredible fish and I don’t really think he truly understands what a significant capture this really is.”

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