Sardine served to big Fen pike

Mark Whitaker proved why Fenland drains are so popular with pike anglers when he slipped the net under this monster 29lb 12oz fish.
The 49-year-old from London made the long journey to a Boston & District Angling Association-controlled stretch where he cast out two rods with legered sardine deadbaits.
After missing a take early on in the session he thought his chance had gone, then his rod bent over once more as the huge predator was hooked. Mark’s set-up included 20lb Fox Steel camo line tied to a home-made wire trace.