In a bizzare twist of fate, a huge pike previously caught by angling legend Terry Lampard has been banked almost exactly a year to the day that he died.
The impressive predator, weighing 32lb 2oz, was landed from the famous Milton Abbas syndicate in Dorset by Hampshire’s Scott Evans from virtually the same peg where the seven-times Drennan Cup winner caught it himself two years earlier at a new personal best weight of 33lb 8oz.
Incredibly, the fish, named ‘Bernard’ after its original captor and narrator of TV show A Passion for Angling, Bernard Cribbins, was also caught by Terry’s good friend Martin Bowler on the day that he sadly passed away in February 2011.
Scott was delighted to land such a prestigious fish and also set a new personal best for the species: “I feel privileged to follow in the footsteps of these legends and to catch such a beautiful fish. I have been fishing here every season for the past 15-years and have caught fish to 28lb before but this is the stuff of dreams,” he said.
Scott hooked it during an early morning session and fooled the specimen with half a popped-up mackerel - the same bait that Terry used to lure it. Fishing at around 40-yards, the 42-year-old also landed five other fish during the stint, including a 19lb 8oz pike, using a rig constructed with 50lb braided mainline and a 30lb wire trace attached to two size 6 semi-barbed trebles.