Second-time lucky with 22lb pike

When the treble hooks on Nathan Edgell’s lure unexpectedly snapped, causing the loss of a large pike from a southern river, he was determined to settle the score.
And a week later that’s exactly what he did, catching the same 22lb 2oz specimen on his first cast. The 30-Plus-backed rod hooked the fish from a slack water swim using a Blue X Rattler plug.

“I was very sad to leave parts of a treble in this pike’s mouth in the first place. In all my years of fishing I have never had this happen before. I changed my lure and I couldn’t believe it when she took it straight away again. I was able to carefully extract the original trebles and gave her a few minutes to recover before she swam off none the worse for wear,” he said.