Three twenties mark piker’s return to rivers

Dilip Sarkar showed no signs of rustiness after a seven-month break from angling when two sessions resulted in three 20lb-plus pike topped by this superb 22lb 8oz specimen.
The Angling Trust fisheries enforcement manager waited until October to make his first cast of the season on a local river, where he banked the biggest of his three fish on a  paternostered deadbait.
Things got even better a week later when a trip to the River Severn resulted in the capture of a stunning pair weighing 20lb and 21lb 7oz.
Dilip’s book, River Pike, is still available to buy from Harper Angling Books.