Netting survey finds ‘hidden’ giant pike

Bailiffs on a top stretch of river were left surprised when a netting survey revealed a giant predator that has never been caught.

The Kings Weir stretch of Hertfordshire’s River Lea was given a stock analysis by the Environment Agency, and officials were shocked when a near-30lb pike that is yet to be banked was found.

Fishery boss Andre Tredgett said: “We knew the stretch had some quality predators in it but we never expected to find a pike of this size.

“It has plenty of room to grow and once winter comes there is every chance this fish could
be well over the 30lb mark,” he added.

Several big chub were also recorded, with numerous fish over 6lb coming to light.

For more details on Kings Weir call 01992 468394.