26lb 10oz pike tempted from the River Stour

Catching big fish in freezing conditions is all about being in the right place at the right time, and this certainly proved to be the case for well-known specimen hunter Terry Lampard after he banked this superb 26lb 10oz river pike.

Targeting a stretch of his local River Stour in Dorset, the former Drennan Cup holder fished float legered sardine near a reed bed to tempt the big specimen, which gave an extremely finicky bite that saw Terry’s float hardly move as it took the oily deadbait.

Before the end of the session, the tactics also proved the downfall of another, smaller predator which topped the scales at 17lb.