Derwent barbel outing yields surprise 23lb pike

Ricky Cross’s latest barbel fishing session on the Derbyshire Derwent took an unexpected twist when he banked this personal best 23lb 6oz pike.

The Earl of Harrington’s AC member was enjoying a short session on a club-controlled area of the picturesque waterway and legered a bloodworm-flavoured boilie that was wrapped in paste of the same flavouring.

A long lull without a bite eventually came to an end and Ricky said: “The fish tore off and I was struggling to control it. It gave me the best fight I have ever had. It certainly made my day.”