20lb pike caught while fishing for perch

This cracking 20lb 3oz pike gave Sam Edmonds an incredible fight on his light spinning gear.

The Hertfordshire-based 20-year-old boated the impressive specimen from Grafham Water while fishing with his dad, Gary.

Sam said: “When we arrived it was flat calm and sunny – not ideal conditions for pike. We decided to have a change of plan and fish jigs and drop-shot rigs for perch and zander.”

Despite the change in tactics his first fish of the day was a small pike of around 6lb which grabbed his purple Berkley Ripple Shad.

“10 minutes later I had an almighty whack and hooked into a very heavy fish – I knew straight away it was a good pike by the way it was tearing off line. It was an incredible fight on my light Abu Veritas spinning rod and 1000 sized reel,” he added.

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