30lb pike after 30 years

A 30-year wait to catch a 30lb-plus pike ended in fine style for Mark Doran with the capture of this monster 32lb 2oz predator.
The 57-year-old from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, banked the fish on a Farnham Angling Society controlled stillwater in Hampshire.
Mark tempted it using a floatished sardine mounted on two size 8 trebles, which he cast into a gap in the weeds around 30 yards out.
The fish sets a new personal best for Mark of more than 6lb and, if confirmed, will be a new club record.
A delighted Mark told Angling Times: “I had blanked in the previous four sessions on that lake. It’s a very hard water but I’m so glad I persisted with the venue as it’s the fish of a lifetime and one I’ve waited so long for since I first started taking pike fishing seriously.”