Boosted deadbait scores 24lb 7oz pike

Mark Simmonds injected his deadbait with mackerel oil to make it easier for the pike to find in the heavily coloured water he was faced with – a trick that produced this new personal best for the species of 24lb 7oz.

It was the first time the St Neots, Cambridgeshire-based angler had fished the gravel pit in the Midlands and he also landed three smaller double figure pike during the trip.

Mark offered a float-legered skimmer on a pair of size 6 semi-barbless Owner trebles attached to a 34lb Drennan Esox wire trace and 50lb braid.