'Record' pike on a £20 ticket

A trout water which could be home to pike capable of threatening the British record is set to open to predator anglers for the first time in over 30-years.

Bosses at Nottinghamshire’s Colwick Park Fishery have been inundated with tales of game fishermen losing huge pike and they have now decided to hold a series of trials in a bid to find out just how big the specimens have grown to.

Coarse fishermen will be invited to target the 65-acre council owned lake on January 18 and 19 and February 22 and 23, with tickets priced at just £20 per weekend.

Local angler Nick Blackshaw has been part of a committee that successfully convinced the council to allow predator sport and he told Angling Times: “Fly fishermen have had 4lb-plus trout ripped off their hooks by massive pike and I’m confident the water is home to a fish that could shake the record.

“It has thousands of trout in it and is fed by freshwater, creating the ideal breeding ground for such specimens to grow in. I think we’ll see some very big fish caught during the two weekends and if we do, we’ll definitely look to run a similar scheme in the future,” he added.

Norfolk’s John Goble hit the headlines in 2009 when he took a 45lb 8oz pike from the Broads and he has already booked his spot to take part. He said: “Not everyone gets the opportunity to fish places like Chew Valley and this gives everyone the chance to fish for giants on a day-ticket.

“It’s great that more waters with such potential are being opened up to pike anglers and I can’t wait to give it a go.”

Pike Anglers Club general secretary Alan Dudhill is equally optimistic about the chances of a few surprise fish being produced. He said: “All trout waters have the potential to produce big pike. You never know what lurks below the surface on relatively non-descript waters so I wouldn't rule anything out at Colwick.

**To book your spot call 01159 870785.**