Predator fishing legend Neville Fickling has caught his biggest non-trout water pike for over 13-years in the form of this 34lb 4oz specimen.
The impressive fish came during a session at a private stillwater in the Midlands which the owner of The Tackle Shop in Lincolnshire has been targeting for the last two years.
His previous best from the venue stood at 27lb, but he struck gold an hour in to darkness on his latest session when his small ‘bluey’ fished on a simple running leger rig cast to a spot 30 yards from the bank was picked up.
“I’m always getting emails from people informing me of lakes that supposedly hold huge pike and many of them turn out to be complete rubbish,” Neville told Angling Times. “When my mate first invited me to this venue I really thought it was a wind up.
“To say I was interested when he banked a pike of 33lb, however, was an understatement. I’ve spent the last two years in search of something really special and I’ve finally done it.”
Nev’s latest capture adds another huge pike to his already impressive list of specimens that boasts a former British record for the species of 41lb 6oz caught from the River Thurne in 1985, over 400 20lb-plus pike and another four predators over 34lb.
“I’ve caught my fair share of big fish and many people are under the impression that I can’t get that excited about catching big pike, but I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I completely lost it when I saw this fish in the bottom of the landing net,” Neville continued.
“If you catch a big pike, or any other fish of an exceptional size for that matter, and your heart doesn’t start pounding then you really should think about taking up something else. It’s those few minutes of ecstasy that has kept me going all of these years.”