This beautifully-marked river pike was Shaun Jermy’s reward for braving sub-zero temperatures and fishing among sheets of ice!
It scaled 23lb and fell to the 26-year-old as he used his old carp fishing tackle to target predators on his local River Wensum. The specimen smashes his previous personal best for the species by 13lb.
A floatfished smelt deadbait on size 6 trebles, a wire trace and 12lb mainline, proved too good to resist for the stunning esox.
“I’m a carper and haven’t done much pike fishing, and to be honest I nearly stayed in bed when my mate came to pick me up at6am….it was so cold,” said Shaun.
“We all had such a shock when this huge fish came up through the clear water.”