30lb pike earns Anthony Scally €3,5000

This cracking Irish pike weighing exactly 30lb earned captor Anthony Scally a hefty €3,500 pay day when he took first place in the 18th Annual Pike Angling Festival on Lough Key.

The Boyle DAC member, from Mullingar, tempted the huge predator on a simple popped-up deadbait offering from a swim along the Doon Shore.

Cold weather in the week leading up to the event meant the overall number of fish caught over the weekend was well down on previous years, although several other heavyweight specimens were caught, including a 20lb 8oz fish to second-placed Marc Egan, which earned him €2,500.