Local knowledge pays off with 21lb Lakes pike

Geoff Birtwistle had every reason to smile when he slipped the net under this immaculate 21lb pike.

The Bury angler is a season ticket holder at the popular Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery in Cumbria and made his knowledge count when he tempted the predator after fishing a float-legered mackerel from a boat.

The pike season on the venue finishes on March 31 and reopens again on October 1.

For more information on the venue visit: www.hawkesheadtrout.com or call: 01539 436541