Off the night shift for a dream 35lb 6oz pike

Leighton Ryan’s prolific winter predator campaign continued this week after he won the battle with this impressive 35lb 6oz pike from the famous Chew Valley Reservoir.

Since last October the specialist from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, has netted pike weighing 31lb 6oz, 26lb 8oz and 26lb 2oz and added his new personal best just a few minutes after casting out a mackerel hookbait.

It was the only fish of the day for Leighton and he used 20lb Fox Soft Steel mainline size 4 Fox trebles and a 40lb trace.

“I’d come straight from a 12-hour night shift so I was completely shattered, but it was well worth staying up for and all seems like a bit of a blur,” said Leighton.