Seven-year wait for 20lb pike over

A seven-year quest for a pike over the magical 20lb barrier ended in success for fanatical angler Jon Perkins when he netted this 26lb 6oz fish from the Hampshire Avon.

The New Milton, Hants-based angler eased into his session on the famous Royalty Fishery by landing three double-figure pike, before his last take of the day produced his biggest ever predator. The fish easily beat Jon’s previous biggest for the species of 19lb 2oz and fell to a floatfished livebait presented on size 8 trebles, a 30lb wire trace and 15lb mainline.

l Jon’s fish is the 16th pike over 20lb to be taken from the Royalty since October when the venue’s pike season started. For details about day tickets call 01202 485169 or log on to